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Eric Falconer READ

Regimental number3532
Date of birth6 March 1893
Place of birthGuyra, New South Wales
SchoolWalkerston State School, MacKay, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBridge carpenter
AddressMacKay, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, William Read, Bakers Creek, MacKay, Queensland
Enlistment date30 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name26th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 3 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Pioneer Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Conspicuous bravery as a stretcher-bearer, continually bringing in wounded under heavy fire
Recommendation date: 15 May 1917

Croix de Guerre (France)

FateKilled in Action 5 October 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Son of William and Mary H Read
Place of death or woundingMontbrehain, France
Age at death25
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialCalvaire Cemetery (Plot 1, Row B, Grave 10), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Mar READ. Native of MacKay, Queensland

Croix de Guerre (France)

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Military Medal

'Acted as stretcher bearer during actions of 3rd to 5th May and carried out his work with total disregard for his own safety, continually passing through the enemy barrage between the work near O.G.1 and O.G. 2 the dressing station at NOREUIL and picking up wounded in full view of the enemy. Throughout he conducted himself with the utmost bravery.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Family/military connectionsBrother: 2235 Lance Corporal Robert Thomas READ, 2nd Machine Gun Bn, returned to Australia, 15 December 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, Croix de Guerre, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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