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Rupert Edward SULLIVAN

Regimental number784
Place of birthNagambie Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressNagambie, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, W C Sullivan, High Street, Nagambie, Victoria
Enlistment date1 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Infantry Brigade Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/4/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918

Military Medal

'During the attack on the Germans lines near BULLECOURT on the 11th April, 1917, Lieutenant Aarons of the 16th Battalion called for a volunteer to escort him back to the 16th Battalion Headquarters. Sullivan volunteered at once. At this time the retirement of the Brigade on our left had started and it was extremely dangerous to leave our trench. He succeeded in getting through although his clothing and equipment were badly torn by machine gun bullets. Sullivan is in command of a company bombing section and did excellent work repelling enemy counter-attacks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Bar to Military Medal

'Is recommended for conspicuous gallantry during the attack on VAIRE WOOD (east of CORBIE), on 4th July, 1918. He led his bombing Section to the attack with great skill, exhibiting at all times a fine example of bravery and coolness under fire. During the advance he and his Section were suddenly surprised by an enemy machine gun post, which opened fire at short range rendering most of his men casualties. With is remaining men he charged the post, capturing the machine gun, and inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy garrison.'

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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