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Alfred George SELMES

Regimental number396
Date of birth3 November 1888
Place of birthNorth Sydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation overseer
Address36 Edward Street, North Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 9"
Weight141 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E A Selmes, 36 Edward Street, North Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date24 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 1, Battery 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/29/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A8 Argyllshire on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollTemporary Captain
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Division Artillery
FateReturned to Australia 24 September 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll.
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in charge of two mortars in advanced positions, which were constantly under heavy shell fire. When the enemy troops appeared to be making for an attack, and had put down a heavy barrage lasting three an a half hours, he personally conducted shooting by his section, and annihilated several small parties of the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Discharge date23 January 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 25 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 1 April 1916.

Commenced return to Australia from Taranto, Italy, on board HT 'Kasir-a-Hind', 24 September 1918; transshipped to HT 'Devon' at Suez, 13 October 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 23 November 1918, for onward travel to Sydney; appointment terminated (discharged), Sydney, 23 January 1919.

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SELMES Alfred George

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