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Milton Victor BROCKFIELD

Regimental number1806
Place of birthApollo Bay, Victoria
ReligionSalvation Army
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 4.5"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinMrs W J Bishop, Apollo Bay, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date24 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll12 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll57th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 6 May 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When a gap was made in the line by an enemy counter attack, he rushed forward, rallied a party of men,and filled and held the gasp under a heavy barrage. By his conduct in face of heavy opposition at a critical moment, and his courage and determination in the absence of officers, he inspired the men to hold on in a very difficult position.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Discharge date7 December 1919
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 29706 Lance Bombardier Lawrence Heather BROCKFIELD MM, Howitzer Brigade 119, returned to Australia, 15 June 1919; 29502 Gunner Roy Albert BROCKFIELD, 12th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 2 June 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to 8th Field Ambulance, Ferry Post (not yet diagnosed), and transferred to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Canal Zone, 30 January 1916; transferred to 1st Australian Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, 31 January 1916 (diptheria); discharged to duty, 19 March 1916.

Transferred to 59th Bn, and taken on strength, Ferry Post, 3 April 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 10 June 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, 15 July 1916 (influenza), and transferred to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station; discharged to 15th Brigade from 5th Divisional Rest Station, 29 July 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 29 July 1916.

Temporarily detached to 15th Brigade Machine Gun Company, 1 September 1916.

Reverted to the ranks at own request, 7 May 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 31 May 1917; rejoined MG Company, in the field, 12 June 1917.

Attachment ceased, 18 October 1916, but remained detached to 15th Brigade Headquarters.

Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal.

Selected to attend Infantry Cadet Bn, 20 December 1917.

On Command, 5th Officer Cadet Bn, Cambridge, 4 January 1918, and appointed Cadet.

Married Sybil Maud APPLIN, spinster, aged 21, The Register Office, Cambridge, 16 February 1918.

Marched in to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 26 April 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 8 May 1918; rejoined 59th Bn, in the field, 2 June 1918.

Wounded in action, 29 September 1918 (gun shot wound, neck and face), and admitted to 118th Field Ambulance, and transferred to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 42, 30 September 1918, and admitted to 6th General Hospital, Rouen, 1 October 1918; transferred to England, 18 October 1918, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Edgbaston, Birmingham, 19 October 1918; progress deemed 'satisfactory', 1 November 1918; convalescing, 16 November 1918; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 7 January 1919; discharged on furlough, 18 February 1919, to report to Dartford, 4 March 1919.

Transferred to 1st Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge, 26 March 1919; to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 3 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Karoola' from Southampton, 6 May 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 24 June 1919; discharged (medically unfit), Melbourne, 7 December 1919.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death19 September 1964
Place of burialSpringvale Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, BROCKFIELD Milton Victor

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