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Edward Godbold BREWER

Regimental number787
Place of birthHillston New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation overseer
Addressc/o St Gabriels School, Birrell Street, Waverley, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinMrs E M L Brewer, c/o St Gabriels School, Waverley, New South Wales
Enlistment date31 March 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll3 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 9 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the attack on 9th October, 1917, est of YPRES and previous days, he showed conspicuous gallantry and coolness. He was in charge of pack animal parties taking ammunition to froward dumps and rations to front line under heavy and constant shell fire. on several occasions the shelling was so severe that he had to send back pack animals and personally supervise the carrying forward himself. Keeping his party well together and inspiring all with confidence by his cool and courageous manner. This N.C.O. also did excellent work when the Battalion was at the SOMME last year.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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