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Reginald Arthur COLLS

Regimental number5309
Place of birthYoung New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStockman and labourer
AddressGood Street, Mayshill, Parramatta, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinFather, Alfred Thomas Colls, Butterbone Station, via Warren, New South Wales
Enlistment date13 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 22 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work near Amiens on 8 and 9 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 14 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 19 June 1919

Military Medal

'In the advances east of AMIENS on 8th and 9th August 1918 he displayed very great gallantry. In particular, on the 9th August, 1918 when the machine gun fire was exceptional, Private COLLS worked unceasingly as a stretcher bearer from 4.30 p.m. until severely wounded at about 8.00 p.m. Casualties were very heavy during this time. He several times attended to men lying wounded in front of our general line, during all his work he displayed absolute disregard for his own safety.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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