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Regimental number1277
Place of birthSwansea Tasmania
AddressScottsdale, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, William Shelton, Scottsdale, Tasmania
Enlistment date16 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 29 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919

Military Medal

'During the attack near HARBONNIERES, East of AMIENS, on the 9th, 10th and 11th August 1918, Private SHELTON was stationed at the Brigade Forward Station. he repeatedly showed great personal bravery by mending telephone lines under heavy enemy shell fire, and assisted materially in maintaining communication to Battalions. During the attack on the morning of September 2nd 1918, East of MONT ST. QUENTIN near PERONNE, Private SHELTON, who was a linesman at one of the relay posts, set out as soon as the enemy opened fire, and travelled through the barrage time and again, mending lines. By his great personal bravery and devotion to duty, he showed a fine example, and was largely instrumental in maintaining communication between Brigade Headquarters and the Brigade Forward Station.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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