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Herbert Reginald STERNBECK

Regimental number1246
Date of birth29 July 1900
Place of birthMaitland, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressGlenwilliam, Clarencetown, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Fredk Sternbeck, Glenwilliam, Clarencetown, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date6 January 1916
Place of enlistmentNewcastle, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name35th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/52/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 1 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll35th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 21 December 1917
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty, in rushing an enemy machine gun position single handed, killing two gunners and capturing the gun. His prompt and gallant action enabled our men to advance, and also saved a number of lives, as the gun was causing heavy casualties.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Discharge date13 August 1918
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 1 May 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 July 1916.

Admitted to hospital, Parkhouse, 18 July 1916; marched into 35th Bn from hospital, 31 July 1916 (no details recorded).

Found guilty, 19 August 1916, of being absent without leave from 6.30 am, 15 August, till Tattoo, 19 August 1916: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 17 days' pay.

Admitted to Military Hospital, 25 August 1916 (pleurisy); discharged from hospital, 13 September 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 21 November 1916.

Detached for duty with 9th Field Company Engineers, 18 January 1917; rejoined Bn from detachment, 3 February 1917.

Wounded in action, 7 June 1917 (shell shock, scattered wounds), and admitted to 9th Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred to Casualty Clearing Station; to 32nd Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, 25 June 1917; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 25 June 1917; recommended for 1 month's Regimental fatigues before returning to full duties, 3 July 1917; admitted to No 3 Rest Camp, Rouelles, 6 July 1917.

Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Persic', 21 December 1917; disembarked Melbourne, 14 February 1918, for onward travel by sea to Sydney; discharged (medically unfit: gas poisoning), 13 August 1918.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsAge stated to be 22 on enlistment; actual age was 15.
Date of death5 October 1944
SourcesNAA: B2455, STERNBECK Herbert Reginald

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