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Gilbert RICHARDS

Regimental number136
Place of birthHornton England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMechanic
Address74 Heytesbury Road, Subiaco, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinBrother, F Richards, 74 Heytesbury Road, Subiaco, Western Australia
Enlistment date9 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 7 February 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'This man is one of the Battalion linesmen. During the evening of the 29th August, 1916, he ran some six wires across country avoiding all communication trenches between Advanced Brigade Headquarters, north of POZIERES, and the front firing line. At intervals during the succeeding 48 hours, he made constant trips over this area for the purpose of mending the lines. This area was constantly shelled, and at times when he went forward to mend the lines, was heavily barraged.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Date of death23 July 1965
Place of burialKarrakatta Cemetery

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