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Lionel Stephen WHITBREAD

Regimental number3954
Place of birthTaree, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSchool teacher
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinFather, S Whitbread, Taree, New South Wales
Enlistment date30 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 2 March 1919

Croix de Guerre (France)

'On morning of 27th November, 1916, and throughout the period of our occupation in the GUEUDECOURT Sector. On the early morning of the 27th November, 1916, he went into the front line with his Section and immediately relief in the front line was complete came to Company Headquarters and reported everything OK. Every morning of our occupation of the line he made one of a ration party and every Section that went into the line, he guided to their posts. This man was offered a relief but asked permission to remain on duty. During the whole of our reliefs no casualties occurred and I think this is greatly due to the care Private WHITBREAD showed in guiding relieving parties.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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