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Regimental number6248
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressLake Grace PO, Lake Grace, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother
Enlistment date31 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 13 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 1 October 1917

FateDied of wounds 5 November 1917
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialBrookwood Military Cemetery (Plot XI, Row B, Grave No. 22), Surrey, England
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Martha OLIVER, White Dam, Jairing, Western Australia. Native of Western Australia

Military Medal

'For the very gallant and able manner in which he carried out his duties during operations near ZONNEBEKE on the 26th September, 1917. On reaching our objective, he proceeded out under our barrage, with a small section of snipers, to cover consolidation; and during this time, he accounted for an entire gun crew at close quarters with his rifle. He remained at the edge of our barrage, keeping the enemy's heads down until seriously wounded by a sniper, and while returning to our lines, assisted a wounded man to seek shelter. During the whole operation, his leadership and example were such as to inspire the greatest confidence in all men in his vicinity. He is strongly recommended for high 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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