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Herbert George SEMPLE

Regimental number2796
Place of birthHobart Tasmania
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationDealer
Address8 Steel Street, Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, H G Semple, 8 Steel Street, Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 2 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous devotion to duty as a stretcher bearer throughout the period 3rd/5th May near NOREUIL. He was the leading spirit in organisisng attempts to bring wounded in from No Man's Land. Although persistant reports were made that stretcher bearers weere being fired on, he continued with his work. He carried 4 bad stretcher cases and 3 less serious through the wire. His example stimulated other squads with the result that several areas were speadily cleared of wounded. His courage and devotion to duty have been brought under notice by four different officers.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death2 October 1963
Place of burialArmidale Cemetery

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