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David Leslie PITCHFORD

Regimental number5752
Place of birthDerby Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
AddressDerby, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, Mr D Pitchford, Moorina, Tasmania
Enlistment date4 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board HMAT A49 Seang Choon on 8 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll40th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work at Armenti?eres on 12-13 April 1917.'
Recommendation date: 16 April 1917

FateReturned to Australia 19 October 1917

Military Medal

'At ARMENTIERES on the night 12th/13th April, 1917, on the occasion of a heavy bombardment of our lines and an attempted enemy raid on our trenches, one of the enemy shells burst in the bay occupied by his team of Lewis gunners, and wounded five of the six men. The sixth man - Private PITCHFORD - got his gun out from amongst the wounded men, took it to the parapet, and opened fire on the approaching raiders, remaining alone at his post until the attack had been repulsed.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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