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Albury NEAL

Regimental number1885
Place of birthBallarat Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationPipe fitter
Address609 Skipton Street, Ballarat South, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Ann Neal, 609 Skipton Street, Ballarat South, Victoria
Enlistment date26 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name39th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/56/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Orontes on 16 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll39th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'Work near La Flaque on 10th/11th August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 15 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 12 December 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'For gallant conduct and devotion to duty on the night of 10th/11th August, 1918, near LA FLAQUE. During the approach march the column was heavily bombed by enemy aircraft, and Private NEAL, who was a stretcher bearer, with the utmost coolness and disregard to personal welfare, ventured onto the heavily bombed road and greatly assisted in the supervision and evacuation of the casualties. His example and courage were of the greatest value in maintaining control and enabling the march to be continued. He displayed utter disregard to danger and directed the care of the wounded with despatch and initiative.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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