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David SHANKS

Regimental number2989
Place of birthLinlithgowshire Scotland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationDairy hand
AddressSwan Street, Wanneroo Road, Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation36
Next of kinWife, Mrs Elizabeth Shanks, Swan Street, Wanneroo Road, Perth, Western Australia
Enlistment date10 July 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name51st Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/68/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 9 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 21 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On night of 24th/25th April, 1918, during a counter-attack by their Battalion on strong enemy position South of VILLERS-BRETONNEUX these men [SHANKS, 2762 J. PIANTO, 3934 W.H. SAUNDERS, 3057 E. GILMORE, 4901 E.J. STOKES, 309A F.J. COX, 2913 G.L. McKENZIE, 3927 T.A. PORTER] who are Stretcher-bearers, continually under very heavy machine gun and shell fire, and at great personal risk, collected the wounded. Their untiring energy, bravery, and devotion to duty in clearing casualties were undoubtedly instrumental in saving many lives.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No.15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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