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Oscar ZEHNDER

Regimental number3089
Date of birth--/11/1892
Place of birthFitzroy, Victoria
Other NamesOskar Charles
ZEHNDER, Oscar Charles
ReligionMethodist
OccupationSwitchboard attendant
Addressc/o R J Fitzpatrick, Box 165, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 10.75"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinMarie Zehnder, Nullagine, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date18 August 1914
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameDivisional Ammunition Column (Sept-Oct 1914)
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board Transport A7 Medic on 2 November 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Artillery Brigade
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: ART Div 1
Promotion date: 3 November 1917

Lieutenant


Unit: ART Div 1
Promotion date: 3 February 1918

FateReturned to Australia 7 February 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For gallantry and particular attention to duty throughout his service. This Officer left Australia in 1914, and has shown great gallantry on numerous occasions, notably in the operations on the 8th August 1918 when acting as Liaison Officer between the Infantry and the Artillery. In this operation he obtained very valuable information indeed at great personal risk, and it was owing to the information that he obtained that the Brigade was able to follow up the Infantry. He has shown great ability and courage at all times, especially under heavy shell fire in the handling of his Section.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Discharge date20 May 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 5173 Gunner Sydney Roy ZEHNDER, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 12 April 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 8 April 1915.

Transferred to 4th Battery, Gallipoli, 3 June 1915.

Rejoined unit from Gallipoli (general evacuation), Tel el Kebir, 3 January 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 22 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 28 March 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 7 October 1916; Sergeant, 17 October 1916.

Selected to attend June course, Royal Artillery Cadet School, St John's Wood, London, England, 4 June 1917.

Commissioned in Artillery as 2nd Lt and posted to Field Artillery Reinforcements, 3 November 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 16 November 1917; proceeded to join 1st Division Artillery, 19 November 1917; taken on strength, Belgium, 20 November 1917.

On leave to England, 14 August 1918; rejoined unit, 2 September 1918.

Disembarked Folkestone from France, 11 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Lancashire', 7 February 1919; disembarked Western Australia, 11 March 1919; discharged, 20 May 1919.

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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