Regimental number6783
Place of birthGlasgow Scotland
OccupationWood machinist
AddressAlbert Street, Hornsby, New South Wales
Marital statusWidower
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Duffis, 114 Addison Road, Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date7 August 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 August 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 22nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT SS Port Nicholson on 8 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as despatch carrier.' (East of Ypres 4-6 October 1917.'
Recommendation date: 7 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 6 July 1919
Miscellaneous information from
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Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations EAST OF YPRES 4/6 October, 1917. He acted as despatch carrier and although the enemy put up many barrages he succeeded in delivering his despatches at all times . Once while delivering a despatch an enemy strong post was observed to be not taken, he succeeded in.............the enemy out of it and although wounded he remained at his duty until the battalion was relieved. He set a fine example throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death25 March 1968