Harry David Edmund WITHERS

Regimental number2040
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, Mr Withers, Rockley Place, Moyston, Victoria
Enlistment date18 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 17 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on the 16th October, 1917, near BROODSEINDE. Private WITHERS was employed carrying messages from Battalion Headquarters to the front line often through heavy shell fire and over extremely boggy ground covered by shell holes. He suffered very much from the effects of the shelling but remained on duty. In addition to his duty as a runner he acted as a guide to carrying parties and it was through his untiring efforts that it became possible to keep up the supply of rations and stores to his Unit in the front line. Private WITHERS was again responsible for similar gallant acts on the 22nd October, 1917.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918