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Roy BOURNE

Regimental number3696
Place of birthPerth, Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressBool Lagoon via Narracoorte, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Bourne, Bool Lagoon via Narracoorte, South Australia
Enlistment date24 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT RMS Malwa on 2 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll50th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'On the 12th September, 1918, near Vendelles, N.W. of St. Quentin, during an attack by his platoon, this N.C.O. showed great coolness and gallantry under heavy hostile fire. When his platoon commander was wounded he took charge of the platoon and pushed home the attack until the objective was gained. On 13th September, 1918, near Le Verguier, during a strong hostile counter-attack supported by an intense artillery barrage, he encouraged his men to hold on under heavy rifle and shell fire in an isolated forward post and beat off the enemy advancing on his post in superior numbers. When the enemy were driven back on his own front he got out of the trench and moved over open ground under considerable rifle and shell fire to ascertain if a post on his right flank had withstood the counter-attack.'

FateReturned to Australia 6 September 1919
Medals

Military Medal


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death17 January 1964

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