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Henry Edwin SLOAN

Regimental number822
Place of birthWarrandyte Victoria
AddressWonthaggi, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, Hy Edwin Sloan, Wonthaggi, Victoria
Enlistment date20 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Divisional Signal Company
FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918
Miscellaneous information from
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Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'This man was one of a party employed today in laying telephone line to a forward position over a big distance, all of which was under continuous heavy shell fire. The line proved very difficult to maintain and was only done by making constant repairs. Gunner SLOAN effected such repairs at least 30 times, going out into the heaviest hostile barrages without hesitation and voluntarily. This was done every time at great personal risk, and notwithstanding the fact that the man had several remarkable escapes, he performed this duty cheerfully from 2 a.m. until midnight, and set a splendid example of courage and devotion to duty and cheerfulness under very adverse conditions.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 9
Date: 24 January 1918

Bar to Military Medal

'On the night of the 29th September 1917, on the occasion of an advance of the Batteries of the 13th, A.F.A. Brigade to a position on the East Side of WESTHOEK Ridge, it became necessary to establish communication between the Batteries as they arrived and Group headquarters. No. 822 Lance Corporal H.E. SLOAND, was one of the party under Lieutenant G.W. YOUNG. This N.C.O. displayed conspicuous courage and devotion to duty throughout the night in assisting to connect up all the Batteries. The Battery positions were very heavily shelled by enemy 5.9"s and 8", which rendered the operation extremely hazardous. This N.C.O's courage and devotion to duty were a fine example to all ranks and he is deserving of special recognition.'

2nd Bar to Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty. 2nd Corporal SLOAN is a member of No. 1 Sub-Section of this Company attached to the 13th A.F.A. Brigade. On the 29th August 1918, on the PERONNE front, he, with another linesman, was detailed to lay a telephone line from 13th A.F.A. BRIGADE HEADQUARTERS North East of BELLOY EN SANTERRE to the 15th Australian Infantry Brigade at the Brickworks, VILLERS CARBONNEL. The approaches to the latter position were under direct observation of the enemy and heavily shelled by 5.9 and 4.2 Howitzers during the whole afternoon. He was working on the line under these conditions for 5 hours, and succeeded in establishing and maintaining communication until it was considered impossible to further maintain it, when he ran out another cable along a different route. He was considerably fatigued, having already experienced a heavy period of work and had several narrow escapes from the heavy enemy Artillery fire, but winningly carried out his duties without regard to his personal safety. It was entirely due to his courage, perseverance and devotion to duty that satisfactory communication existed between the Units concerned.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 9
Date: 24 January 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & 2 Bars, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death6 April 1957

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