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Albert STRATFORD

Regimental number290
Place of birthNhill Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationBlacksmith
AddressNhill, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Lucy Stratford, Nhill, Victoria
Enlistment date19 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 6 May 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Surname spelt STRATFIELD
Medals

Military Medal

'During attack near MONTBREHAIN, north of ST. QUENTIN on morning of 5th October, 1918, his platoon was digging in, when they came under very heavy fire from the left flank where an enemy machine gun and some infantry had taken up a position. Lance Corporal STRATFORD went forward with a Lewis gun and eventually succeeded in silencing fire from that quarter. in this way from an exposed position he also covered the retirement of another platoon which had gone too far forward and was being engaged by the enemy party. About five minutes later another party of enemy infantry accompanied by a machine gun attacked from the front. This N.C.O. immediately engaged them, stopped their advance, and kept up a heavy counter fire until he was seriously wounded by the enemy machine gun fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 119
Date: 17 October 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death24 May 1976
Place of burialDrouin Cemetery

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