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Hamilton James BRAKENRIDGE

Regimental number4738
Place of birthPort Pirie, South Australia
OccupationShop assistant
AddressPort Pirie, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs K Brakenridge, Port Pirie, South Australia
Enlistment date9 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board RMS Mongolia on 9 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollWarrant Officer (Class II)
Unit from Nominal Roll50th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 June 1919

Military Medal

'During the operations at Villers-Bretonneux on the night of 24/25th April, 1918, this N.C.O. was conspicuous for his courage, coolness and devotion to duty. When all his officers had become casualties he at once took command of the company and showed great judgement in the selection of position, etc. He kept his company well in hand and in touch with the adjoining companies, and saw that the position selected was strongly consolidated. By his timely assumption of command, and the excellent spirit he displayed throughout, the morale of his men was maintained and his coolness, cheerfulness and energy set a spelndid example to all ranks.'

Family/military connectionsBrother: 4739 Lance Corporal John Stewart BRAKENRIDGE, 50th Bn, killed in action, 2 April 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death26 May 1980

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