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Harold McDonald WRAY

Regimental number2997
Place of birthGlanmire New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBlacksmith
AddressGlanmire, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, William Wray, Glanmire, New South Wales
Enlistment date13 September 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll6 September 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name57th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/74/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 3 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll57th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 March 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'At VILLERS BRETONNEUX during the period of 24th/28th April, 1918, Lance Corporal WRAY, No. 1 Lewis Gunner, showed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He advanced, leading his section to a forward position and kept the enemy machine guns quiet, thus allowing our Infantry to advance. This N.C.O. moved out into No Man's Land and kept up constant fire on the enemy whilst the remainder of his platoon dug in. The manner in which he used his gun and initiative shown by him was of the highest order and deserves special recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death14 September 1987

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