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Alexander Lawrence O'HARA

Regimental number3695
Place of birthGlen Innes New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressGlen Innes, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, William Thomas O'Hara, Taylor Street, Glen Innes, New South Wales
Enlistment date20 August 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 August 1917
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name54th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/71/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 31 October 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll34th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 12 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 23 July 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty during operations 29th September to 2nd October, 1918. This man was acting as stretcher bearer and on 29th September was continually engaged carrying out wounded under very heavy artillery and machine gun fire over open country. During the night 29th/30th September he volunteered to go forward and collect wounded Americans in front of their positions. The ground was very heavy and several belts of barbed wire had to be crossed, but he worked all night and carried in 13 cases in all disregardful of the shelling and machine gun fire. He ceased only when ordered to do so by the Medical Officer. His bravery and self-sacrifice was an admirable example of devotion to duty, and has greatly inspired his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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