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Alfred Norman MILBURN

Regimental number2204
Place of birthRaywood Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngine driver
Address'Toora', Keilor, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, John Milburn, Keilor, Victoria
Enlistment date10 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name58th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/75/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 1 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Motor Transport Section
FateReturned to Australia 22 July 1919

Military Medal

'At POLYGON WOOD, from 23/9/17 to 27/9/17 during the our of the 58th Battalion in the line, Private Milburn was on duty as a company runner night and day. On September 25th during a hostile counter attack, this man carried messages to Battalion Headquarters and back under very heavy shell fire and sniping, When the two remaining runners became casualties he volunteered to carry on their work and continued to carry on his work quickly and successfully. He was blown up on several occasions but his spirit was undaunted. Although exhausted he gamely stuck to his work and was invaluable to his Company and Battalion. Throughout his great courage and undauntable spirit was no mean factor in contributing to the successful operation of the Battalion. His devotion to duty set a splendid example to his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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