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Henry Thomas PALMER

Regimental number5172
Place of birthProspect South Australia
ReligionBaptist
OccupationLabourer
AddressClare, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Palmer, Clare, South Australia
Enlistment date17 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


'Extremely valuable services, bravery and devotion to duty, in rescuing light machine gun and working it single handed.' (Bullecourt 6 May 1917).
Recommendation date: 14 May 1917

FateReturned to Australia 18 October 1917
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During a hostile attack a Lewis gun was knocked out of action, the crew becoming casualties, and the trench occupied by the enemy. He, though wounded at the time, managed to secure the gun and get it into action again, inflicting many losses on the enemy, who by this time were retreating. He continued to serve his gun single handed until wounded a second time.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Date of death17 March 1970
Place of burialCentennial Park Cemetery

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