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Mark PAYNE

Regimental number5409
Place of birthCape Town South Africa
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationChauffeur
AddressMargaret Road, Midland, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Payne, 132 Shepherdess Walk, City Road, London, England
Enlistment date10 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 17 April 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll5409A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 1 April 1918

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Medals

Military Medal

'This man is a personal runner to the Commander of 'D' Company, and is brought to notice for his conduct on the 1st April 1918 when an attack was made by us against the enemy positions near HEBUTERNE. In addition to carrying messages between his Company Commander and Subordinate Commanders in the Front Line he voluntarily acted as a member of a Rifle Grenadier Squad, which inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy. On two occasions he rushed down a straight Communication Trench, subject to heavy enfilade fire by Machine Guns, or the purpose of obtaining ammunition and a Lewis Gun. He displayed great courage during the whole operation, and is recommended for distinction.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 1
Date: 2 January 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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