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Rupert Bede WRIGLEY

Regimental number7129
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationPlumber
AddressHigh Street, Echuca, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, Mr J J Wrigley, High Street, Echuca, Victoria
Enlistment date27 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 23rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 23 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 24 January 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the attack North of ROSIERES on the 9th August 1918 Private WRIGLEY acted as a runner and did invaluable work maintaining communication. When another runner was caught in the barrage and wounded WRIGLEY went out into the centre of the shell storm, carried his comrade to a place of comparative safety and taking the despatch from him delivered it himself. He worked incessantly throughout the whole operation and though knocked over and badly shaken by a shell carried on and did invaluable work, running on the 10th and 11th instant until the battalion was relieved.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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