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Sydney BLAIZE

Regimental number3029
Place of birthFremantle, Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationHorse driver
AddressSouth Fremantle, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, Chas John Blaize, 192 South Terrace, South Fremantle, Western Australia
Enlistment date4 September 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll23 August 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name44th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/61/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 29 January 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll44th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 5 January 1919

FateReturned to Australia 1 July 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'This soldier has acted a Battalion Runner since September, 1917, and has on many occasions shown conspicuous courage in delivering messages in adverse conditions and under heavy enemy fire. On 4th October, 1917, in the operations near YPRES he repeatedly carried messages under heavy shell fire and over open ground to the front line Companies, when no other means of communication was available. At VILLERS BRETONNEUX in May, 1918, he carried despatches through an exceptionally heavy gas 'strafe' and in very difficult circumstances. On 4th July, 1918, at HAMEL, he was engaged for three days continuously in running to the front line Companies. During the whole of the operations from the 8th August, to the 2nd October, 1918, he never failed to deliver his despatches with great expedition, and he has throughout his service shown himself possessed of great courage, determination and resource.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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