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Reuben Ashton PARRY

Regimental number2140
Place of birthMoree New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSlaughterman
AddressTownsville, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, Mr Reuben Parry, Moree, New South Wales
Enlistment date8 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name41st Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/58/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 7 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Pioneer Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 2 June 1918, 7 February 1919

FateReturned to Australia 12 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the night of the 7th/8th May, 1918, south of the BRAY CORBIE Road, No. A2140 Private Reuben Ashton PARRY removed two severely wounded men from heavy shell fire, dressing the wounds at great personal risk. He then took them to the RA.A.P., although he himself had been wounded in the hand and badly dazed by a bursting shell. He refused to leave duty and showed great courage and devotion to duty. On the night of the 8th/9th May, 1918, sough of the BRAY CORBIE Road Private PARRY went to the assistance of another platoon, which and several casualties from heavy machine gun fire. Although his hand was almost useless from the wound of the previous night, he dressed several wounded men and then brought two out under heavy machine gun fire at great personal risk, showing great courage and a keen devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Family/military connectionsUncle: 2174 Pte Samuel PARRY, 31st Bn, returned to Australia, 4 May 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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