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Stanley Darwin YELDS

Regimental number2258
Place of birthCathcart New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Address66 Commonwealth Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs Adeline Yelds, 66 Commonwealth Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date9 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name55th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/72/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Port Sydney on 4 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 2 March 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an attack on the Hindenburg Line North of BELLICOURT on 30th September 1918. When the enemy counter attacked shortly after our objective was reached he covered his assault by sweeping our trench with Machine Gun fire and bombs. Private YELDS carried his Lewis Gun out in front of the trench from where he obtained a better field of fire. The fire from his gun, which was kept up throughout the attack, caught the enemy at close range, and literally mowed down their advancing waves. The volume of fire bursting from this gunner's weapon was an important factor in the successful defence of the position.'
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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