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Regimental number2079
Place of birthSulphur Creek Tasmania
AddressMagnet, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinMother, Mrs Rachel Yaxley, Magnet, Tasmania
Enlistment date28 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll27 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 17 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement, No. 29455 (28 January 1916); 'Commonwealth Gazette No. 44 (6 April 1916).

FateReturned to Australia 4 May 1917

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry on August 6, 1915, at Lone Pine, when he volunteered to lead an assault on an enemy trench, the capture of which was most important. He succeeded in his task in spite of very heavy fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 44
Date: 6 April 1916

Family/military connectionsCousins: 2836 Pte James Keith YAXLEY, 12th Bn, died of wounds, 28 July 1916; 3694 Pte John William Yaxley STRATTON, 26th Bn, died of wounds, 8 August 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death8 October 1967
Place of burialWivenhoe Cemetery

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