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Henry Horatio WAKEFIELD

Regimental number1758
Place of birthBirmingham England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationGlass beveller
Address55 Amy Street, Spring Hill, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, John Wakefield, Moorings, 77 Raypark avenue, Maiden Head, London, England
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 3 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll45th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1919

Military Medal

'For bravery and determination on April 5th 1918 at DERNANCOURT South West of ALBERT. While acting as Company Signaller he continued to flash messages back to Battalion Headquarters during heavy fire and whilst doing so, observed a party of enemy approaching from a flank. Without waiting for orders he organised a small party and attacked them with rifle fire and bayonet and drove them off and preserved our line. he continued throughout the day remaining at his post and keeping communications intact, frequently going out and repairing wire under machine gun fire. He was a model of coolness and resource.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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