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Ludwig Joel BOCK

Regimental number2540
Place of birthBroken Hill New South Wales
OccupationFarm labourer
AddressBelmont Park, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, John Edward Ernest Alfred Bock, Blackwood Road, Kojonup, Western Australia
Previous military service88th Infantry
Enlistment date20 July 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll24 July 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name44th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/61/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 9 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll44th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 4 February 1918

FateReturned to Australia 14 January 1919

Military Medal

'On the night of 31st January/1st February, 1918 at MOAT FARM, West of DEULMONT, he was in charge of a Lewis Gun and team, which formed part of a Fighting Patrol. By his gallantry and devotion to duty and the cool and skilful handling of his Lewis gun, he enabled the Patrol to successfully deal with 2 enemy parties, twice its own strength, and to capture one unwounded prisoner without our party suffering any casualties. Strength of Party - 1 Officer and 19 Other Ranks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 120
Date: 7 August 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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