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Regimental number1238
Place of birthLaunceston Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinAlbert Shelverton, Colebrook, Tasmania
Enlistment date19 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia

Military Medal

'On the morning of 11th December, 1916, whilst in FLERS SECTOR, a party of 1 Corporal and 12 men carried hot tea up to the front line just before daybreak. They unfortunately went through a gap in our wire and arrived on the German parapet before they realised what had happened. Heavy rifle fire was at once turned upon them and they ran back. Three men were wounded (two of them severely). Privates Shelverton and [6071 V.H.] Rockcliffe remained behind with them and assisted them back to our own trenches from the middle of No Man's Land under continued rifle and machine gun fire whilst day was fast breaking.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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