The AIF Project


Regimental number1050
Place of birthAdelong New South Wales
AddressChristmas Town, via Chiltern, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinFather, Robert Urquhart, Christmas Town, via Chiltern, Victoria
Enlistment date9 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll7 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, C Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll4145
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Field Company Engineers
FateReturned to Australia 21 March 1919

Military Medal

'For great gallantry and devotion to duty. In the neighbourhood of PERONNE, during the operations of August 31st, September 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th., and 5th., this N.C.O. has rendered the utmost assistance to his Officer, in the reconnaissance and the construction of tracks and footbridges over the SOMME Valley. More especially on the nights of August 30th/31st. and September 2nd/3rd. when this N.C.O. was in charge of his Section, and they were constructing a track 300 yards in advance of our Infantry Outposts, under Machine Gun fire, this N.C.O. coolly and cheerfully urged his men on, working at a distance of about 200 yards from the enemy machine gunners. he set a most wonderful example of coolness and determination to his men, and, despite the casualties, kept the men together and working.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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