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Edward Ronald BYRNES

Regimental number477
Place of birthInverell New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressLittle Plain, Inverell, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, J M Byrnes, Little Plain, Inverell, New South Wales
Enlistment date4 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Divisional Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: "4 Octobere 1917"

FateReturned to Australia 23 October 1918

Military Medal

'He performed excellent work during the recent operations between 22nd and 30th September, 1917, in which the Division was recently engaged on the POLYGON WOOD front. he was in charge of an Amplifier and Power Buzzer Station between NONNE BOSSCHEN and POLYGON WOOD, which was established to work over the area in which the buried cables had been destroyed by shell fire. Owing to intense enemy shell fire the Earth leads of this station were continuously being cut. On one occasion three new leads were installed during one hour, and it was only by his fearlessness and constant attention in effecting repairs to these earth leads which were three hundred yards in length that communication with the Amplifier Station at Cable head on the Hooge side of GLENCORSE WOOD was maintained. For five days and until he was relieved at his post through fatigue, he was untiring in keeping his station, which was of the greatest value, in working order.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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