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Regimental number3854
Place of birthLaidley Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressGoombunger, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Joyce Lang, Goombunger, Queensland
Enlistment date8 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 31 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Recommendation date: "20 September 1917

Mention in Despatches

Recommendation date: 4 October 1917

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 27 February 1918

Meritorious Service Medal

Recommendation date: 3 March 1918"

FateKilled in Action 17 July 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialCrucifix Corner Cemetery (Plot IX, Row A, Grave No. 14), Villers-Bretonneux, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Mary MONTGOMERY, Goombungee, Queensland

Meritorious Service Medal

'Gallantry and Devotion to Duty. This N.C.O. took part in the attacks on ZONNEBEKE and BROODSEINDE RIDGE, YPRES on 4th and 9th October, 1917. He was then Company runner and showed great coolness and bravery in conveying messages from the front line to Battalion Headquarters, under exceptionally heavy artillery and machine gun fire. He also repeatedly carried stores and ammunition to different advanced posts, and his utter disregard of all shelling had a marked effect on all whom he came in contact with. This N.C.O. Has done splendid work that at all times during the past six months.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Meritorious Service Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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