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Percy James WHITTAKER

Regimental number636
Date of birth17 July 1895
Place of birthGuildford, Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTelephone mechanic
Address126 Baines Street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 7.5"
Weight140.5 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M J Whittaker, 126 Baines Street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceReg Signalers R Hanmpton 3rd Inf 2 Years
Enlistment date4 June 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 29 June 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: 26th Battalion
Promotion date: 16 August 1916

Lieutenant


Unit: 26th Battalion
Promotion date: 9 December 1916

FateReturned to Australia 3 March 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Mary Jane WHITTAKER
Medals

Military Cross

'As signalling officer during an attack he displayed such energy and devotion to duty that within five minutes of the objectives being taken all companies were in telephoni communications with battalion headquarters and with one another. During the whole night he worked unceasingly at his duties, and twice went through heavy barrage to restore communication. He behaved gallantly and set a fine example to those around him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Discharge date30 June 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Euripides', 3 March 1919; arrived Melbourne, 20 April 1919, to disembark at Brisbane; discharged (appointment terminated), Brisbane, 30 June 1919.

Medals: Military Cross, MSBV

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death17 May 1936
Age at death41
Place of burialMount Thompson Crematorium, Brisbane, Queensland
SourcesNAA: B2455, WHITTAKER Percy James

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