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Horace Webster CLOUGH

Regimental number611
Place of birthSwan Hill, Victoria
AddressCastle Street, Williamstown, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 6"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs A A Clough, Castle Street, Williamstown, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date18 March 1915
Place of enlistmentEaglehawk, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

For conspicuous gallantry and skill in handling reconnoitring patrols at Dinkum Hill near Warlencourt.
Recommendation date: 9 March 1917

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 21 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and skill in handling reconnoitring patrols on 25th February, 1917, at DINKUM HILL near WARLENCOURT when he rendered valuable reports as to the wire in front of MALT TRENCH. He later acted as guide to the attacking troops.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

Military Cross

'During the attack on Montbrehain, on 5th October 1918, he found that his company had become detached from the company on his right. With five men he went out under heavy machine gun fire and endeavoured to establish connection, four of his five men being killed. On his return he found that his company commander had been killed, and he took charge of the company, and by daring reconnaissances, alone whenever his company was held up, was responsible for the continued advance. He showed great courage and initiative throughout the day.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 30
Date: 25 March 1920

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 30 August 1915.

Promoted Corporal, Gallipoli, 1 September 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 10 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 20 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 26 March 1916.

Admitted to 7th Australian field Ambulance, 28 May 1916, and transferred to 8th Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 6, 29 May 1916, and admitted same day to 26th General Hospital, Etaples; transferred to No 9 Stationary Hospital, Camiers, and then to 18th General Hospital, 30 June 1916; to Base Details, Camiers, 7 August 1916, and discharged; total period of treatment for venereal disease, gonorrhoea: 72 days.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 7 August 1916; transferred to 18th General Hospital, Camiers, 10 August 1916 (venereal disease: slight); discharged to Base Details, 29 August 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease, gonorrhoea: 20 days.

Rejoined 24th Bn, in the field, Belgium, 21 September 1916.

Promoted Temporary Sergeant, 16 November 1916; rank of Sergeant made substantive, 16 February 1917.

Commenced return to Australia HT 'Karoa', 28 March 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 8 May 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), 7 July 1919.

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

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