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Louis Fawkner CATO

Regimental number4180
Place of birthLaunceston, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationAssistant
Address10 Hillside Crescent, Launceston, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinFather, Mr W F Cato, 10 Hillside Crescent, Launceston, Tasmania
Enlistment date3 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 29 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work near Harbonnieres on 9 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 21 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near HARBONNIERES East of VILLERS-BRETONNEUX on 9th August 1918. This N.C.O. advanced with the Regimental Aid Post immediately behind the companies and performed his duties under heavy shell and machine gun fire with a courage and coolness that was an example to all around him. When the Regimental Aid Post was relieved of duty by the Battalion Commander, other Divisions having passed through the 5th Division, Corporal CATO continued to attend to their wounded, dressing and tending them until the area was clear of wounded. His work has always been of a very high order.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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