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Reuben MORGAN

Regimental number4517
Place of birthTurondale New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressTurondale, via Sofala, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, W H Morgan, Turondale, via Sofala, New South Wales
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll11 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Osterley on 15 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll45th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: "27 February 1918

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 9 April 1918

Bar to Military Medal


Recommendation date: 12 August 1918

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 16 October 1918

Mention in Despatches


Recommendation date: Unspecified"

FateReturned to Australia 12 December 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'For his leadership, courage, and devotion to duty whilst on patrol duty in DERNANCOURT South West of ALBERT on night of 1st April, 1918. After reaching the nearest houses on the outskirts of the village 2 Machine Guns concealed on the right of the patrol opened fire thus cutting the patrol off. This unforseen event placed the patrol in a very tight corner and would have been disastrous had it not been for the presence of mind and initiative of Corporal MORGAN who immediately rallied his section, crawled forward under heavy Machine Gun fire and when 10 yards from the guns threw bombs blowing up the guns and saving the situation from this flank.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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