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Aubrey McLaren MIDSON

Regimental number497
Date of birth1889
Place of birthEpping, New South Wales
SchoolEpping Public School, New South Wales
AddressEssex Street, Epping, New South Wales
Marital statusWidower
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, F Midson, Essex Street, Epping, New South Wales
Enlistment date21 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll12 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name36th Battalion, Machine Gun Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/53/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 13 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll33rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 4 January 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous courage and devotion to duty during operations against enemy position south of the SOMME east of HAMEL, on 8th August, 1918. Although separated from his platoon owing to the dense fog, he successfully led his section through ACCROCHE WOOD. He rushed two machine gun posts, capturing the two guns and 12 men. With his section he captured altogether 32 men. Throughout the advance he displayed courage and leadership of a high order, and greatly inspired his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death30 April 1945
Age at death55
Place of burialField of Mars Cemetery, Ryde, New South Wales

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