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Hugh QUINN

Regimental number29341
Place of birthPettego Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPolice constable
AddressCentral Police Barracks, Liverpool Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinSister, Mrs B Bruce, Rosscreenagh, 19 Dougan Street, Ashfield, Sydney, New South Wales
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll25 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameHowitzer Brigade 117
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/136/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 30 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 4 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous courage and continued devotion to duty for period September to November, 1918. This N.C.O. has carried out his duties with a total disregard for personal danger. particularly during the advance near WIANCOURT on 7th October, 1918, just at zero hour as the barrage opened the Battery was heavily bombed by hostile aircraft, one gun being blown out and crew killed or wounded. No sooner had the fatal bomb landed when Corporal QUINN rushed to the pit to give assistance notwithstanding the bombs that were falling all around. he showed absolute disregard for his personal safety. He recovered from the smouldering debris the bodies of the gunners that had been killed and carried the wounded away to the Dressing Station. By his utter disregard and contempt for shell fire he has set a fine example to this men at all times.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

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

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