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Reginald Clifford WHEELER

Regimental number3446
Place of birthTarrawingee New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationTanner
AddressBeechworth PO, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, B Wheeler, Beechworth PO, Victoria
Enlistment date9 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At POZIERES, FRANCE, on 17th. August 1916, after every runner had been either killed or wounded Private WHEELER volunteered for the duty and carried messages through enemy barrage from forward line to Company Headquartters, working continuously for over 18 hours. On one occasion during prolonged intense bombardment he went through 8 times, covering ground on each occasion where several of his comrades had either been killed or wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

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