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Regimental number866
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBoundary rider
AddressColdermeade, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Wiltshire, 15 Airlie Avenue, Armadale, Victoria
Enlistment date26 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll23rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 29 May 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the operation of reducing the last resistance of the enemy in a village, he behaved with great gallantry and devotion to duty. He kept in touch, by means of signallers, with battalion headquarters, sending back valuable information. Seeing that the enemy were offering strong resistance at one point of the village, he hastily collected a party, and with great skill and initiative attacked and captured the post. He was wounded, but continued in the fighting until the village was finally cleared of the enemy. His gallantry and fine leadership were of great service, and did much to insure the success of the operation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and initiative. On two occasions he led forward bombing parties under heavy fire, and captured considerable ground from the enemy. He also drove the enemy, in spite of strong resistance, from a position which was holding up the advance. He showed splendid coolness and determination.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, Bar to Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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