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Russell Valentine WILD

Regimental number1887
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSurveyor's chainman
Addressc/o Mrs J A Wild, "Cosy Nook", Annette Street, Oatley, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height6' 0.5"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs J S Wild, 'Cosy Nook', Annette Street, Oatley, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 June 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool. New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 9 August 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1887A
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919

Military Medal

'On the night of 12th May, 1918 this N.C.O. was one of a patrol of two sent to reconnoitre a position at MORLANCOURT near Albert. The position of the Battalion on the flank had not been definitely determined, and twice this patrol found themselves among Hun posts. They finally located the neighbouring post, and then took members of the garrison from each post over the intervening ground. Afterwards they again went forward to an advanced Hun post, and discovered a Machine Gun mounted for firing, with the crew temporarily absent. Lance Corporal R.V. WILD brought the gun into our lines and gave much valuable information about a position which had been obscure.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Discharge date12 August 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front (wounded, 12 June 1916; 29 May 1918)

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Trasos Montes', 8 April 1919; disembarked Sydney, 25 May 1919; discharged (medically unfit), Sydney, 12 August 1919.

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

Joined the Administrative Staff in New Guinea, 1929.
Miscellaneous detailsAddress incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as 'Corywood'. Mother's name incorrectly entered as J.S. WILD.
Date of death11 December 1938
Age at death43
Place of burialWau, New Guinea
SourcesNAA: B2455, WILD Russell Valentine

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