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Regimental number6131
Place of birthEdinburgh Scotland
OccupationHorse driver
AddressPerth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, James Ochiltree, 87 Cambridge Street, Leederville, Western Australia
Enlistment date3 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 7 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 1 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 3 September 1919

Military Medal

'Is brought under notice for splendid work and gallantry during operations near ZONNEBEKE on the 26th September, 1917. When the Red Line was very heavily shelled, he by his cool example steadied the men around him. At one time the enemy barrage was so heavy that the trenches were being obliterated. This man appreciated the situation and getting those around him together, he led them out to the front and into shell holes where they were safer. He thereby saved many casualties. He is recommended for distinction.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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