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Clarence James ANSELL

Regimental number1867
Place of birthBrisbane Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs Emma Ansell, Enoggera, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date10 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name49th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/66/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 1 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll41st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 1 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 3 July 1919

Military Medal

During operations of the 26th/27th August, 1918, East of Bray, Private Ansell, a Company Runner, carried valuable information backwards and forwards through heavy barrage and in face of enemy machine gunners and snipers throughout the whole operation. At one phase of the attack, when enemy Machine Gun fire was exceptionally heavy, Private Ansell rushed through with urgent information from the front line which was essential for the Battalion Commander to know. His disregard of danger in carrying such danger greatly assisted the Commanding Officer to keep in intimate touch with his attacking troops.'
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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