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Regimental number9208
Place of birthLiverpool New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPostal assistant
AddressCastlereagh Street, Liverpool
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, Douglas Southwell, Castlereagh Street, Liverpool
Enlistment date1 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameDermatological Hospital
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/69/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A61 Kanowna on 22 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919

Military Medal

'During the attack on the FROISSY Heights by 1st Australian Division on afternoon of 23rd August, 1918, Private SOUTHWELL in company with Private CROCKER is specially recommended for gallant conduct and devotion to duty. Casualties in the Battalion, whose wounded, these men were clearing, were heavy and the Regimental Aid Post was heavily shelled inflicting casualties amongst the bearers. Nevertheless by the untiring efforts and utter disregard of danger of these men the Aid Post was quickly cleared and the patients removed to a place of safety. Their gallantry inspired their comrades to increased efforts and won the admiration of all who saw them.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

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