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Alexander CHRISTIE

Regimental number73
Place of birthCollingwood, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCarpenter
AddressWest Brunswick, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs A S Christie, West Brunswick, Victoria
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Field Ambulance
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/45/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLance Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Ambulance
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at Boursiers 7-9 April 1917 in attentions to wounded. Splendid example to men.
Recommendation date: 12 April 1917

FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at BOURSIES on the 7th and 8th and 9th April 1917. He was in charge of a party of stretcher bearers at the 12th Battalion Aid Post and assisted in the evacuation and dressing of the wounded under heavy shell fire and Machine Gun fire continuously for about 36 hours without any cover. He went forward to the front line several times under rifle and shell fire to ascertain the number of wounded coming through from the forward area. He also went back to the advanced medical shelter to carry information and bring back dressings, over country where he was exposed to direct observation from the enemy and which was swept by hostile Machine Gun fire. By his devotion to duty he assisted considerably in expeditiously treating and evacuating the wounded who would have otherwise been exposed to shell fire and the wet and cold in the open. By his steady bearing and disregard of danger he set a splendid example to the men under his control in the evacuation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 174
Date: 11 October 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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