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Ambrose Stanley VARLEY

Regimental number21
Place of birthNewcastle New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressGordon Street, Hamilton, Newcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs Eleanor Josephine Varley, Gordon Street, Hamilton, Newcastle, New South Wales
Enlistment date16 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll9 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameBrigade 9, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/9/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 4 May 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll35th Battalion
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near Bray, on 22nd August, 1918. When the infantry were suffering heavily after reaching their first objective from fire of all descriptions, he dashed forward with his mortar and gun team to within 100 yards of the village, and effectively engaged the enemy machine guns and trench mortars. When his men had to fetch more ammunition he ran forward 50 yards and brought a deserted minesweeper into action, silencing a sniper and machine gun. His energy and courage set a splendid example to all ranks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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