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Andrew BUIK

Regimental number4390
Place of birthArthurton, South Australia
AddressMarden Street, Wallaroo, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sophia Buik, Marden Street, Wallaroo, South Australia
Enlistment date11 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Great bravery, initiative and devotion to duty as Battalion runner. (Bullecourt 6-9 May 1917).
Recommendation date: 14 May 1917

Bar to Military Medal (Awarded)

Valuable services and personal bravery as Battalion runner on 20-21 September 1917. (Polygon Wood).
Recommendation date: 7 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 16 June 1919

Military Medal

'Near POLYGON WOOD, east of YPRES, on 20th and 21st September, 1917, Pte. BUIK acted as Batttalion Runner during the period of the Battalion holding the line. His untiring energy in taking messages to and from the front line was an inspiration to all who witnessed it. On night of 21st September, when the enemy was shelling the forward area and all communications were cut, Pte. BUIK took an important message to the forward posts and returned with valuable situation reports. His work throughout was excellent. '
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Bar to Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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