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Regimental number3460
Place of birthHorwich, England
AddressGeraldton, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22.2
Height5' 6.5"
Weight131 lbs
Next of kinFather, Bennett Warburton, 3 Goodman Terace, Houselet, Leeds, Yorks, England
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for enlistment on account of rheumatism)
Enlistment date17 November 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name51st Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/68/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 29 January 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 December 1918

Military Medal

'During a counter-attack by his Battalion on strong enemy positions South of VILLERS-BRETONNEUX on night 24th/25th April 1918 this man who is a Company Signaller, when his Platoon Lewis Gun Team became casualties, seized the Lewis gun and personally organised a new team to carry ammunition. He used the gun repeatedly upon the enemy, inflicting heavy losses. When his company reached the final position and were consolidating he went forward with the Lewis gun on a fighting patrol engaging parties of the enemy and bringing back valuable information concerning their movements. All this work was carried out under heavy machine gun and rifle fire. His bravery and devotion to duty under heavy fire was of the highest order.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Discharge date2 March 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Nestor', 12 December 1918; discharged (wounded: gun shot wound, left shoulder, severe), Perth, 2 March 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in World War II: Service No W67905.
SourcesNAA: B2455, WARBURTON Herbert

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