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Eric Richard NEWELL

Regimental number41
Place of birthBallarat Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressAscot Street, South Ballarat, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinAunt, Mrs J Harbridge, Ascot Street, South Ballarat, Victoria
Enlistment date18 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Pioneer Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Great courage & resource at Pozieres.'
Recommendation date: 17 August 1916

FateReturned to Australia 29 October 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'At POZIERES, FRANCE, 22/23rd. July 1916. On the night 22/23rd. July 1916 Cpl. NEWELL was sent to the firing line also to Brigade Headquarters having to pass through a barrage of fire. On both occasions he did the journeys in record time. On another occasion he carried a message to the CEMETERY through a barrage in record time and during the whole operations showed much courage and resource.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

Date of death29 October 1950

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