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Lewis NESBITT

Regimental number1052
Place of birthBrisbane Queensland
ReligionCongregational
Address50 John Street, Woollahra, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, James D Nesbit, 50 John Street, Woollahra, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date4 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll30 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport Berrima on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'Work near Westhoek on 20 September 1917.'
Recommendation date: 25 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 19 February 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On 20th September 1917 near WESTHOEK as No. 1 of a Machine Gun he went forward to the attack and was successful in inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy. Later, when his gun was blown to pieces, and his team reduced by half, he brought up another gun and fresh men and with extreme coolness took up a position under heavy fire, from which he was able to harass the enemy, who were preparing for a counter attack. During the whole period in the line, his example of courage and cheerfulness, although in the most exposed positions, affected his comrades in a marked degree.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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