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Ralph L RUTHERFORD

Regimental number1837
Place of birthScarsdale Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationMiner
Address17 Junction Street, West Ballarat, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs Florence Rutherford, 17 Junction Street, West Ballarat, Victoria
Enlistment date27 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 29 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll46th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 27 February 1917

Bar to MM


Recommendation date: 25 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the night 11th/12th February, 1917, at STORMY TRENCH, north east of GUEUDECOURT this N.C.O. led a party of bombers with great dash, acting as No. 3 he moved along the parados of the enemy's trench, directing the fire of his men with great coolness and judgment. After bombing up about 150 yards his party formed a covering party to those consolidating the trench and he himself covered their withdrawal most effectively until he was severely wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

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