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Regimental number3281
Place of birthBarrhead Scotland
Address5 Margaret Street, Canterbury, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, William Patrick, 5 Margaret Street, Canterbury, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date11 October 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name6th Field Company Engineers
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 24 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Field Company Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Meritorious Service Medal

'For keeness and devotion to duty in the capacity of Headquarters Sergeant, particularly during the Somme advance and the Bullecourt operations. Also for exemplary personal conduct.'
Recommendation date: 27 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Meritorious Service Medal

'Since the formation of this unit in 1915 Sergeant PATRICK has continuously performed the duties of Headquarters Sergeant. By extreme keenness, tireless devotion to duty and his anxiety to do all work within his capacity whether it is his duty or not, Sergeant PATRICK has been a most valuable N.C.O. throughout his service. For the first five months of the present year the company was constantly either three or four officers below strength. Throughout this period, and particularly during the SOMME advance and the BULLECOURT operations Sergeant PATRICK was of the utmost assistance to overworked officers in writing up their numerous works and reconnaissance reports and in maintaining touch with detached portions of the company. Sergeant PATRICK has worked for over twelve months within field artillery range of the enemy and has frequently been under fire. His work throughout would have been a credit to any unit, his records are in excellent condition and his personal conduct has been most exemplary.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57
Date: 18 April 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Meritorious Service Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death8 January 1971

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