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Regimental number2940A
Date of birth8 May 1883
Place of birthRedfern, Sydney
AddressWalker Street, Helensburgh, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinWife, Mrs Ann Morris, Walker Street, Helensburgh, New South Wales
Enlistment date31 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name53rd Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/70/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 25 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 16 March 1919

Military Medal

'On 31st August 1918 in the operations at Mont St. Quentin, N.E. of Peronne, this soldier acted as runner. He frequently carried despatches to H.Q. throughout the day under very heavy M.G. fire. He also rendered very valuable assistance by attending to wounded under rifle and machine gun fire. He was the last to leave the position when the battalion withdrew,and fell back to the main line, firing at the enemy as he went. He was wounded during the withdrawal, but remained at duty till the battalion moved back on relief.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Discharge date27 February 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Marched in to 15th Training Bn, Hurdcott, 10 January 1917. Found guilty of being absent without leave, 12 January 1917 to noon, 17 January 1917. Confined to Barracks for 7 days, forfeits 2 days' pay. Proceeded overseas to France per SS 'Golden Eagle', via Folkestone, 28 February 1917.

Sick, to hospital, 3 January 1918; rejoined battalion 9 March 1918. Wounded in action, 3 October 1918 Admitted to Alexandra Hospital, 8 October 1918; transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, 2 December 1918 (gun shot wound, left thigh).

Found guilty of being absent without leave 27 December 1918 to 2 January 1919; forfeits 6 days' pay. Commenced return to Australia, 16 March 1919; disembaked, australia, 15 May 1919; discharged, 27 February 1920.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Date of death7 January 1940
Age at death57

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