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Michael STAFFORD

Regimental number426
Place of birthPort Melbourne Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationProfessional golfer
Address142 Clarke Street, Northcote, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMrs M Stafford, 142 Clarke Street, Northcote, Victoria
Enlistment date2 November 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll31 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Field Ambulance, 2nd and 3rd Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/46/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 19 February 1915
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A53 Itria on 9 February 1915
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A52 Surada on 17 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 4 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At WESTHOEK, East of YPRES, and forward of this place during the operations 4th to 9th October 1917. L/Cpl. STAFFORD set a most valuable example to the Bearers under arduous and dangerous circumstances. For eight days in succession, with a break of only 20 hours, his exertions were most strenuous and he and his squad carried from a post at Retaliation Farm which was continually and accurately shelled and the bearers' path was sniped and came under machine gun fire and shell fire. This man had been wounded a few days prior to this but despite that fact, and the rain and mud, he was always eager to work and set an inspiriting example to all ranks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

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