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Regimental number2049
Place of birthNorth Queensland
SchoolMenzies State School, Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressGPO , Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinSister, Miss Minnie Twyford, 12 Alexander Road, Fremantle, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date15 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 26 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateDied of disease 27 October 1918
Age at death29.10
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialAbbeville Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot Iv, Row K, Grave No. 8), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Mary Ann TWYFORD. Native of Millchester, Queensland

Military Medal

'The conduct of this Soldier is brought to notice for conspicuous gallantry, ability and devotion to duty in an attack on LE VERGUIER on the 18th September, 1918. This soldier assisted to lay Jump Off tapes which were within 100 yards of enemy position in places, and then guided attacking Companies into position. During the advance he acted as a Headquarters Runner and showed most conspicuous gallantry in delivering messages under heavy Machine Gun and Artillery Fire. His cheerfulness and readiness to volunteer for dangerous duties was evident throughout the operation and an example of the soldierly spirit to all ranks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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