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Edward Howard PICKARD

Regimental number10083
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPoultry farmer
AddressBerowra, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation39
Next of kinSister, Mrs A Keates, 100 Newtown Street, Troutbridge, Wilts, England
Enlistment date9 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 3, Reinforcement 13
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/31/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 17 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Field Ambulance
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Bar to Military Medal

Recommendation date: 31 July 1917

FateDied of wounds 4 August 1917
Age at death from cemetery records45
Place of burialGodewaersvelde British Cemetery (Plot I, Row C, Grave No. 14), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Martha PICKARD, Dilly Brook Farm, North Bradley, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England

Military Medal

'Conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations against the HINDENBURG LINE. On the 10th April 1917 in the ECOUST Sector, a gun pit of the 38th Battery was destroyed by enemy shell fire. Private PICKARD remained at the position attending the wounded. Between 14th and 18th April 1917 (especially during the enemy attack on LAGNICOURT on the morning of the 15th) this man behaved excellently under heavy shell fire, and though himself badly shaken, remained on duty attending casualties. During this interval the Battery lost 4 out of 6 guns by direct hits and several times the personnel were compelled to evacuate the position. Private PICKARD has previously done excellent work on the YPRES Sector (August 27th - November 10th 1916) and SOMME FRONT (NOVEMBER 25TH 1916 - FEBRUARY 25TH 1917).'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 9
Date: 24 January 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Milkitary Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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