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Samuel Rabain PARSONAGE

Regimental number8399
Place of birthBirmingham, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMounted constable
AddressPolice Station, Truro, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinWife, Mrs Ruby Godfrey Parsonage, Police Station, Truro, South Australia
Enlistment date27 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 August 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 6, Battery 18
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 22 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 28 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 27 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the 20th September, 1917, at HOOGE, this battery was firing in a barrage when it came under heavy shell fire. The Battery Commander was wounded and a gun and detachment knocked out, the men all being killed and wounded, an another gun was set on fire. This man under heavy fire carried the Battery Commander from where he lay within three feet of the burning gun pit to a distance, but still in the open, and in the fire dressed his wounds and got him into a position of safety. He showed great courage and determination.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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