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Hamilton PARSONS

Regimental number5163
Place of birthFiji Islands South Pacific
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBricklayer
AddressEcerton Street, Narrogin, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation36
Next of kinWife, Mrs K Parsons, 58 Fitzgerald Street, West Perth, Western Australia
Enlistment date12 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 31 March 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll64923
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Light Horse Regiment
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 23 May 1917

FateReturned to Australia 16 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'Lance Corporal H. PARSONS and Private G. STEWART, having been made prisoners of war on 11th April, 1917, were interned at the British Prisoners of War Camp, MARQUION. In company with two other men, on the 20th May, 1917, they effected their escape by cutting through the barbed wire of the enclosure and regained our lines, travelling through about 7 miles of enemy territory, and crossing 5 enemy trench systems and wire to do so. Both these men displayed a great amount of resource, determination and pluck in thus effecting their escape, and they have given military information of considerable value concerning enemy organisations and forces in rear.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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