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Joseph OXENHAM

Regimental number3540
Place of birthNorthampton Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusWidower
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, W Oxenham, Northampton, Western Australia
Enlistment date6 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 1 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'Work near Madame Wood, West of Vermandovillers on 23 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 1 October 1917

Bar to Military Medal


Recommendation date: 27 August 1918*"

FateReturned to Australia 25 February 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For the very gallant and capable manner in which he carried out his duties during operations near ZONNEBEKE on the 26th September, 1917. This N.C.O. was in charge of a section during the advance, and his handling of his men in action and under very heavy shell and machine gun fire, was such as to reduce casualties to a minimum. He was successful in dealing with those isolated parties of the enemy and captured some twelve prisoners. After the objective was taken and consolidated he organised and personally led a party of stretcher bearers to tend our wounded, three of whom he personally and at great personal risk removed to places of safety. By his example and cheerfulness under very trying circumstances under very trying circumstances, this N.C.O. set an excellent example to all men in his vicinity. He is recommended for distinction.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

MM Bar


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75
Date: 17 June 1919

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