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Regimental number127
Place of birthAnnan Scotland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressPelaw Main, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation35
Next of kinWife, Mrs Rachael Messenger, First Street, Pelaw Main, New South Wales
Enlistment date17 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name34th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/51/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 2 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll34th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 11 May 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuously good service during the period 16th September, 1918 to 11th November, 1918. This Non Commissioned Officer displayed great coolness and bravery under heavy enemy artillery and machine Gun fire in the attack on the HINDENBURG Line in September, 1918. Sergeant MESSENGER has been with his Battalion for the last two years. In the engagements at MESSINES, ZONNEBEKE and PASSCHENDAELE, he distinguished himself by his fearlessness and complete disregard for personal danger. His work throughout has been consistently fine.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death13 November 1953
Place of burialKurri Kurri Cemetery

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