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Alfred Ernest RAWSON

Regimental number3339
Place of birthWagin Western Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationHorse breaker
AddressNortham, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinWife, Mrs Lorah Rawson, 151 Joel Terrace, Mount Lawley, Western Australia
Enlistment date18 October 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll30 September 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name44th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/61/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 29 June 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Division Train
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 9 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 23 July 1919

Military Medal

'On 29th September, 1918, during operations South of BONY, whilst the Company was moving up to the Hindenburg Line, it came under heavy machine gun fire from close range. Upon reaching cover it was found that a man was lying wounded out in the open Private RAWSON rushed out under heavy enemy fire, rendered first aid, and brought the wounded man in to safety. Throughout the whole operation Private RAWSON worked continuously through heavy fire, both from enemy machine guns and artillery, carrying and attending to the wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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