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Walter BODYCOAT

Regimental number14984
Place of birthEpping, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngineer
Address5 Bennett Street, Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinFather, Walter Bodycoat, 5 Bennett Street, Perth, Western Australia
Enlistment date4 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameAugust 1916 Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/42/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 30 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Field Company Engineers
FateDischarged 3 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For great gallantry and devotion to duty. In the neighbourhood of PERONNE, during period August 30th, 31st, September 1st, 2nd 3rd, 4th and 5th., this N.C.O. rendered the greatest assistance to his Officer, in the successful completion of a footbridge through the SOMME Valley. He was situated on the footbridge head, and was pushing out this bridge at a distance of 300 to 400 yards ahead of our advanced Infantry Posts, and was constantly under direct machine gun fire. he set a fine example to the men, and it was largely due to his courage that the track was completed. On September 5th, he pushed forward with the advanced infantry on reconnaissance and locating road Mines, and despite casualties to his party, removed them under heavy shell fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 783A Pte Harold William BODYCOAT, 31st Bn, killed in action, Zonnebeke, Belgium, 22 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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