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Adye Hinton BRANCHFLOWER

Regimental number588
Place of birthLaunceston, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address12 Alfred Street, Richmond
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinMother, Mrs. Annie Branchflower, 12 Alfred Street, Richmond
Enlistment date14 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D sailed on two ships, HMAT A62 Wandilla, 9th November 1915 from Melbourne, and HMAT A41 Bakara, 5 November 1915, from Melbourne. It is not possible to tell from the Embarkation Roll on which ship an individual embarked.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D sailed on two ships, HMAT A62 Wandilla, 9th November 1915 from Melbourne, and HMAT A41 Bakara, 5 November 1915, from Melbourne. It is not possible to tell from the Embarkation Roll on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Medals

Military Medal

'At POLYGON WOOD, near HOOGE during operations from 26th/30th September 1917, this man rendered very valuable service in carrying despatches from Bury Head to front line Battalions. On the afternoon of the 29th September in carrying a despatch to the support Battalion he had to pass through an extremely heavy enemy barrage which was distributed in depth. he delivered the message quickly and safely. At one time, he was under Artillery and Machine gun fire and fire from a low flying Boche aeroplane. His gallantry and devotion to duty is deserving of special recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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