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Reginald Gordon Benjamin SPARROW

Regimental number4522
Place of birthGumeracha South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMarion Road, Lockleys, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs Amelia Sparrow, Marion Road, Lockleys, South Australia
Enlistment date18 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 22 July 1919

Military Medal

'At WESTHOEK, 20th September 1917. This N.C.O. was in charge of a section which was held up by machine gun fire from a 'Pill-Box'. He skilfully posted his men and personally rushed the enemy's post, putting the machine gun and crew out of action by using Mills bombs. Single handed he took several un-wounded prisoners from his post.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 1013 Sergeant Raymond Woodall SPARROW, 43rd Bn, returned to Australia, 10 March 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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