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Eric Albert PAGELS

Regimental number2189
Place of birthHamilton Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarmer
AddressGlenthompson, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, Albert Carl Pagels, Glenthompson, Victoria
Enlistment date17 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name39th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/56/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll39th Battalion
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Medals

Military Medal

'On 12th October, 1917, East of YPRES for conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in action. This N.C.O., after his Officers and Senior N.C.Os had become casualties in the advance took charge of a party which was held up by Snipers and Machine Gun fire. While taking an observation of his position, he was shot through the leg but he made his way back through shell and rifle fire, reported to the C.O. Battalion and carried a message forward again. By this time, he was very weak from his wound and had to be sent away as a casualty. His courage and grit in carrying on under the circumstances were a fine example to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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