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Herbert Elma NEASBEY

Regimental number4257
Place of birthGrafton New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Address54 John Street, Pyrmont, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs M A Neasbey, 54 John Street, Pyrmont, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date1 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Field Company Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 8 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 9 February 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Herbert Elmer
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty. In the neighbourhood of PERONNE during operations August 29th, 20th, 31st, September 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th this N.C.O. has displayed the utmost coolness and gallantry in the face of the enemy, in constructing footbridges across the SOMME Swamp, 300 yards in advance of our posts, and under direct fire of the enemy machine gunners. Particularly on the night August 29th/30th at the BRIE Bridges, this N.C.O. controlled his party of Sappers, repairing, and rendering passable for Infantry a system of three bridges, under heavy shell and machine gun fire, with great bravery, and set a fine example to his men. It was largely due to the cheerful courage of this N.C.O., that this work was successfully completed.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Date of death15 October 1976

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