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Gilbert WARD

Regimental number737
Place of birthKumara New Zealand
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation hand
AddressMiners' City And Workers' Club, Moran Street, Boulder, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinLeonard Simmonds, Cowell, South Australia
Enlistment date5 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, F Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 2 November 1914
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918

Military Medal

'On 2nd November, 1917, the Pack Animal Train, conveying rations, came under heavy shell fire at ZONNEBEKE and 5 horses and 7 men (including the N.C.O. in charge of the party) became casualties, the remaining horses stampeded. Driver WARD, on his own initiative, took charge of the party and it was due to his coolness, courage and decision that the train was reorganised and the rations delivered to the Battalion.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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