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Aubrey BICKFORD

Regimental number1895
Date of birth--/03/1884
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation manager
AddressRedcliffe, Belmont, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinWife, Mrs Kate Bickford, Redcliffe, Belmont, Western Australia
Enlistment date26 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 July 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 2 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Light Horse Regiment
FateReturned to Australia 26 July 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When his battalion was isolated and in want of rations and water, he volunteered to go back to camp and endeavour to bring rations and water up. Whilst returning they met a small convoy, which had attempted to reach the battalion, retiring in confusion under hostile machine gun fire. After rallying this party, he persisted in making an attempt with it to reach the battalion, which he succeeded in doing. His courage, determination, and devotion to duty in bringing up these much needed supplies cannot be too highly praised.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 191
Date: 12 December 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death22 July 1944
Place of burialKarrakatta Cemetery

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