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Regimental number2030
Place of birthLondon England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm labourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinSister, Alice Rhodes, 31 Bay Street, Dalston, London, England
Enlistment date19 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 17 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Divisional Signal Company
FateReturned to Australia 23 January 1919

Military Medal

'At POZIERES, FRANCE, 14/22nd. August 1916. These two men [RHODES and 337 Ernest Gordon PRENTICE] were employed as linesmen. Battalion advanced Headquarters was situated about 500 yards from the front line and was connected by telephone to another station over a mile behind. Between these two stations the enemy maintained a constant barrage of heavy shells which cut the wires many times a day. Nothwithstanding the heavy shelling these two men maintained communication so well that it was not necessary to use a runner. The maintainence of this line was of the utmost importance and it was the only means of communication to the various Brigades and the Artillery.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

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