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Benjamin William COSTELLO

Regimental number621
Place of birthMount Morgan Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressGayndah, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs Florence Ellen Costello, Capper Street, Gayndah, Queensland
Enlistment date7 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name41st Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/58/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 18 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll41st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Recommendation date: 20 March 1917

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 18 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919

Military Medal

'On 8th August, 1918, during the attack east of HAMEL, Private COSTELLO was a Headquarters Runner. When telephone communications were cut owing to heavy enemy shell fire he made many trips to the front line and on two occasions had to go through heavy enemy shell fire. By his courage and absolute disregard for his own personal safety he rendered valuable services to his Battalion at a time when they were most needed. He set an excellent example of gallantry to his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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