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Hurtle Josiah STANDLEY

Regimental number2989
Place of birthMannum South Australia
OccupationFarm labourer
AddressMannum, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs Florence Ellen Standley, Mannum, South Australia
Enlistment date5 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 11 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 July 1919

Military Medal

'During the night attack on the night 28/29th July 1918 astride BRAY-CORBIE Road, Private STANDLEY exhibited extraordinary bravery and courage. When near the first objective a machine gun opened fire 30 yards away. Immediately Private STANDLEY called on his bombing team. He himself rushed straight at the gun while his bombing team separated and closed in on either side. In less than half a minute the gun crew had all been killed and the machine gun captured, without a casualty being sustained by the bombing team. Private STANDLEY displayed courage of a very high order in dashing straight at the gun himself while his team surrounded it and no praise can be too high regarding his action under very trying circumstances.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death17 February 1979

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