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Raymond Carnegie BISHOP

Regimental number7980
Date of birth27 February 1895
Place of birthBallarat, Victoria
SchoolBallarat High School, Ballarat, Victoria
ReligionBaptist
OccupationEngineer
Address19 Raglan Street, Ballarat, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, W Bishop, 19 Raglan Street, Ballarat, Victoria
Enlistment date30 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 6, Battery 16
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: 23 June 1917

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularAwarded the Military Medal.
FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the afternoon of 21st June, 1917, at MESSINES, the 16th Battery was heavily shelled and all ranks were ordered to leave the gun pits and seek cover, five casualties having previously occurred. At 3.30 p.m. the camouflage on No. 1 pit caught fire and burnt fiercely endangering about 300 rounds of Shrapnel and H.E. stores in the pit alongside the gun. B.S.M. CR...... called for volunteers to assist him to put out the fire. No. 7967, Bdr BROWN J.B., No. 7980 Driver BISHOP R.G., No. 8003 A/Cpl McSWEENEY J., and No. 9470 Gnr BAKER T.C.R. immediately volunteered, and these other ranks at great personal risk succeeded in puttin the fire out by throwing buckets of water over it, the water being obtained from shell holes and a well nearby. The whole of the camouflage was destroyed and many sandbags set alight also a few rounds of ammunition were charged. All the above took place under very heavy shell fire from the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Family/military connectionsBrother: 6227 Pte Gordon George Hauser BISHOP, 8th Bn, killed in action, Passchendaele, Belgium, 20 September 1917.
Other details

Son of Wesley and Kate nee Hauser Bishop.

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Was wounded in the back by shrapnel whilst serving in France. He was also gassed, but refused hospital treatment in England to go and look for his younger brother's unit (Gordon Hauser Bishop), only to find that he had been killed in his first direct contact with the enemy.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death10 February 1975
Place of burialNorthern Suburbs Crematorium

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