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Vere Roy PATCH

Regimental number1073
Place of birthRichmond River New South Wales
ReligionChurch of Christ
AddressSwan Bay, Richmond River, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, John Patch Jnr, Swan Bay, Richmond River, New South Wales
Previous military service4th ALH
Enlistment date24 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name41st Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/58/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 18 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll41st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work near Hamel on 8 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 15 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 6 May 1919

Military Medal

'On 8th August, 1918, during the attack east of HAMEL, Private PATCH was employed as a Company Runner. In spite of heavy enemy fire and the difficulty of keeping direction owing to the heavy fog he successfully carried a number of important messages and on one occasion, after two runners had been killed by the enemy barrage while attempting to carry an important message, he volunteered and was successful in getting the message through. Throughout the operation he displayed great bravery and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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