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Ronald Pohlmann BERRY

Regimental number428
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressMildura, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation43
Next of kinWife, Mrs Rachel L Berry, Swan Hill, Victoria
Enlistment date24 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name38th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/55/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll38th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 16 June 1917

FateReturned to Australia 25 January 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Pohlmann spelt Poplmann
Medals

Military Medal

'On the 7th June, 1917, during the operations south of MESSINES. This N.C.O. led his men in the assault with great dash and determination. He personally shot 5 of the enemy, and took several others prisoners. During the work of consolidation he moved fearlessly among his men, supervising operations, regardless of artillery and machine gun fire. Although wounded later he supervised the distribution and issue of rations and water whilst under a heavy barrage. His fearlessness and courage encouraged his men under the most trying circumstances.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

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