|Date of birth|
|Place of birth||Melbourne, Victoria|
|School||Drouin Catholic Primary School, Victoria|
|Address||Drouin PO, Drouin, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||19|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs Amelia Florence Ayton, Drouin PO, Drouin, Victoria|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||22nd Battalion, 13th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/39/4|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A33 Ayrshire on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Lance Corporal|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||22nd Battalion|
|Fate||Returned to Australia
'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack on Hindenburg Line on 3rd May 1917. This man took his Lewis Gun into an exposed position on the left flank and inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy in their counter attacks. Running short of ammunition he went from shell hole to shell hole in search of magazines, at the same bringing wounded men back to his position and dressing their wounds. Throughout he showed courage and resource under the most trying circumstances.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Bar to Military Medal
'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack near BEAUREVOIR, East of PERONNE on 4th October 1918. This man advanced in front of his platoon, despite heavy enemy fire, firing his Lewis Gun from the hip, and saving many casualties in our waves by the manner in which he engaged and neutralized the fire of enemy posts. He was the first man to reach the objective and pushed out in an exposed position where he again brought his gun into action, preventing the enemy from digging in, and dispersing parties formed up for local counter attack. Until nightfall he remained in this most dangerous position, showing the greatest initiative in the use of his gun, and most capably covering the consolidation of our gains.
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
War service: embarked from Melbourne, 3 July 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 2 September 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 12 November 1916; joined 13th Bn in the field, 24 November 1916. Appointed Lance Corporal, 18 May 1917. Awarded Military Medal, July 1917. Reverted to rank of Private at own request, 15 October 1917.
To hospital sick (scabies), 13 February 1918; rejoined unit in the field, 22 March 1918.
Wounded in action (gas), 24 July 1918; returned to duty, 17 August 1918. Awarded Bar to Military Medal, 14 August 1918.
To hospital sick (conjunctivitis), 24 August 1918. Appointed Lance Corporal, 29 October 1918. On leave in England, 28 November to 12 December 1918. To hospital sick (venereal disease), 9 December 1918; discharged from 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, 21 February 1919. Total treatment: 75 days.
Commenced return to Australia, 7 July 1919; disembarked in Australia, 5 September 1919; discharged, 20 October 1919.Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Date of death|
|Age at death||89|
|Place of burial||Cremated: Springvale Crematorium, Melbourne, Victoria|