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Regimental number2661
Place of birthCunnamulla Queensland
OccupationStation hand
AddressCunnamulla, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs Anastasia Bride Poncho, Cunnamulla PO, Cunnamulla, Queensland
Enlistment date29 September 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name42nd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/59/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 17 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Division Train
FateReturned to Australia 20 July 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Queensland Garden of Remembrance

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He volunteered to carry a message to battalion headquarters, having to pass through several belts of fire of advanced enemy machine guns. He was severely wounded in the back, and unable to rise, but crawled over open ground, constantly sniped at, and, in spite of great pain, he struggled on until he delivered his message. His splendid example of courage and determination was worthy of the highest praise.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Date of death7 June 1974

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