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Eric Edward SWALLOW

Regimental number155
Place of birthFitzroy Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationElectrician
AddressMalvern, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, A G Swallow, Malvern, Victoria
Previous military service46th Infantry
Enlistment date14 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name3rd Field Company Engineers, Headquarters, Section 1, Section 2 and Section 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/22/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A2 Geelong on 22 September 1914
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1880
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll46th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations West of BELLENGLISE on 18th/19th September, 1918. He led a Bombing Party against the enemy on Right Flank who had temporarily turned a communication trench into a front line. After a stiff bomb fight he cleared the situation forcing the enemy back and establishing a block. He then noticed the centre of the Company being held up by machine gun fire. He picked up a German machine gun and bringing flanking fire to bear enabled the advance to continue to final objective. His coolness and courage set a most inspiring example to all his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

Re-embarked as 1880, Private, 46th Bn, 2nd Reinforcement, from Melbourne on board HMAT A14 'Euripides', 4 April 1916.

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

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