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Walter Thomas WEST

Regimental number1789
Date of birth--/05/1893
Place of birthBallarat Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationClerk
AddressThomas Street, Dandenong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinSarah Ann West, Thomas Street, Dandenong, Victoria
Enlistment date29 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


For conspicuous gallantry in action at the Hindenburg Line when he attacked with a few bombers an enemy post using machine gun fire against the Right Brigade
Recommendation date: 14 May 1917

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 21 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 13 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry in action at the HINDENBURG Line on 3rd May 1917 when he attacked with a few bombers an enemy post usisng Machine Gun fire against the Right Brigade. Having taken up the post he moved down the first trench and with 6 men engaged an enemy party who were resisting the 2nd attack of the Right Brigade.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Military Cross

'During the attack on Montbrehain, on 5th October, 1918, he acted in a very skilful and courageous manner. When his platoon was held up by an enemy strong post, he rushed forward alone under heavy machine gun fire, threw a bomb at the post, and captured the gun and the crew of three. Later, when his flank was being held up by a strong post manned by two enemy guns, he crawled forward and rushed the post. One gun he captured, killing three of the enemy, and took three prisoners.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 30
Date: 25 March 1920

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death4 December 1976
Age at death83
Place of burialRed Cliffs Cemetery, Victoria

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