Martin Hilary Clement CANT

Regimental number2138
Place of birthGoulburn New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressCooma, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, Martin Cant, Cooma, New South Wales
Previous military service43rd Infantry
Enlistment date28 December 1915
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 Roll35th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 4 September 1918

Military Medal (altered to Mention in Despatches)

Recommendation date: 3 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 19 August 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations at PERONNE on 1st and 2nd September 1918. This soldier's courage and coolness under the most trying circumstances was a marked feature of the whole operation. he assisted greatly in the successful advance of our line to a more stronger position. He, together with his Lewis gun section, were well forward of the advance and kept up a great volume of fire on the enemy, notwithstanding terrific artillery and Machine Gun fire. He remained out in front until ordered to return by his Company Commander. At all times he has shown great courage and has always set a fine example to his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death10 June 1973
Place of burialNorthern Suburbs Crematorium