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Regimental number16526
Place of birthNewcastle New South Wales
OccupationDraftsman and surveyor's assistant
AddressMinmi, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, James Chalmers, Back Creek, Minmi, via Newcastle, New South Wales
Enlistment date9 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameDecember 1916 Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/42/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 2 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Company Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 12 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 16 June 1919

Military Medal

'During the operations east of YPRES on 4th October 1917, he was employed as a runner between strong point on BECELAERE RIDGE and Company Headquarters WESTHOEK. He had to pass through the enemy barrage eight times in the execution of his duty, but each time his despatches were delivered safely and in quck time. While not acting as runner he worked on the construction of the strong point and displayed very great coolness and pluck throughout the operation. When his Section was relieved he volunteered to guide the relieving section.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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