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Regimental number5488
Place of birthCopeland New South Wales
AddressChurch Street, Gloucester, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Anderson, Copeland North, New South Wales
Enlistment date9 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll9 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A49 Ceramic on 14 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 March 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'This N.C.O. displayed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while in charge of 'A' Company signallers under most trying circumstances during the operations near MORLANCOURT on 29th July 1918. During the night of the attack and the next night the telephone lines were cut four times. This courageous N.C.O. utterly regardless of his own safety, repaired the breaks during a very heavy barrage. It is solely due to his splendid example and energy that communication was maintained the whole time between his Company and Battalion Headquarters.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death20 June 1949

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