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Walter Henry O'SHEA

Regimental number895
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationHorse driver
AddressGreta via West Maitland, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinMrs M O'Shea, 64 Reservoir Road, Edingston, Birmingham, England
Enlistment date29 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, H Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 4 July 1919

Military Medal

'For his acts of gallantry and devotion to duty during the recent operations near MOUQUET FARM, 29th to 31st August, 1916. He was attached to Brigade Signal Section as a runner and was stationed at Brigade Advanced Post 9GIBRALTAR0. From here he on several occasions carried dispatches to the Battalions in the front line under the most severe bombardments. During the early hours of 31st August, 1916, he volunteered to carry a dispatch to Battalion Headquarters when the shelling was so severe that other runners hesitated. His conduct generally during the above time calls for the highest praise.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death28 June 1960
Place of burialMacquarie Park Cemetery

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