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Alfred Bertie POVEY

Regimental number2394
Place of birthHawthorn Victoria
Other NamesAlfred Leslie
ReligionChurch of Christ
AddressPerth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, Alfred Povey, 434 Newcastle Street, Perth, Western Australia
Previous military service88th Infantry
Enlistment date11 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll9 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name44th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/61/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A39 Port Macquarie on 13 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll44th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 21 December 1918

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry in action and devotion to duty. On 24th April, 1918, near RIBEMONT, when the enemy attacked, this soldier went out through a very heavy enemy barrage repairing broken lines without regard for his personal safety, and thinking only of the necessity of maintaining communications. He worked continuously under this heavy fire for 41/2 hours and for 11/2 hours had to wear his gas mask, in order to repair lines and enable messages to be transmitted. His personal bravery was a great incentive to his comrades and although the line was cut by enemy fire, as fast as he could repair it, his perseverance and devotion in such trying and dangerous circumstances was the admiration of all ranks who saw him. He has previously been mentioned in despatches for his good work.'
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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