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Regimental number386
Place of birthDarvel Scotland
AddressRuby Vale via Anakie, Central Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinWife, Mrs Mary Ann Pritchard, Ruby Vale via Anakie, Central Queensland
Enlistment date1 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 12, Reinforcement 5
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/17/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 19 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 March 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While this man was in charge of a gun team in a tank, a direct hit set it on fire. Although it was burning firecely, he got out a wounded comrade, the gun, and several ammunition boxes. He then mounted the gun under heavy shell fire and stopped the enemy in a rush on his party. He showed consummate coolness at a critical moment.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

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