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Regimental number1701
Place of birthSwan Hill, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 9"
Weight252 lbs
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 January 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 17 March 1915
Rank from Nominal RollWarrant Officer (Class II)
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)

Recommendation date: 21 December 1917

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 17 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty during the period 25 February to 16 September 1918. In February and March in the Wyschaete sector, he patrolled "No Man's Land" and on two occasions defeated enemy reconnoitring patrols. It was owing to the information gained by him that the enemy raid on our lines on 21 March was so easily repulsed with heavy losses to the enemy. Again, on the Villers Bretonneux plateau, in April and May, he obtained most valuable information. His success on all occasions has been due to his excellent leadership and courage under heavy fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Discharge date19 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Admitted to 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance, Gallipoli, 30 June 1915; transferred to Base, 7 July 1915; to St Andrew’s Hospital, Malta, 14 July 1915; to All Saints Convalescent Camp, Malta, 31 July 1915 (enteric); to Convalescent Camp, Fort Chambray, Malta, 28 October 1915; discharged to duty, 2 November 1915; disembarked Alexandria, 4 December 1915.

Admitted to No 2 General Hospital, Ghezireh, 23 December 1915 (heart strain); transferred to Convalescent Camp, Ras el Tin,15 January 1916; discharged to duty, 21 January 1916.

Transferred to 55th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 13 February 1916.

Detached to School of Instruction, Zeitoun, 1 April 1916; rejoined Bn, 12 April 1916.

Admitted to 14th Field Ambulance, Ferry Post, 22 May 1916 (contact of scarlet fever); transferred same to day to Australian Casualty Clearing Station; rejoined unit, 27 May 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 31 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Promoted Sergeant, 24 July 1916.

On leave to England, 27September 1916; rejoined unit from leave, 2 October 1916.

Admitted to 1/1 South Midland Casualty Clearing Station, 16 March 1917 (pleurisy); transferred to 6th General Hospital, Rouen, 20 March 1917; to England, 30 March 1917, and admitted to 5th Southern General Hospital, Plymouth, 31 March 1917. Discharged on furlough, 7 May 1917, to report to No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 22 May 1917. Rejoined unit in the field, 24 July 1917.

Admitted to 14th Field Ambulance, 9 September 1917 (pyrexia unknown origin); discharged to unit, 11 September 1917; rejoined unit, 12 September 1917.

Promoted Company Sergeant Major, 30 November 1917.

On leave, 11 March 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 4 April 1918.

Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal.

Marched out for return to Australia, 28 December 1918; marched into No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 3 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board HT ‘Armagh’, 5 April 1919; disembarked, Sydney, 20 May 1919; discharged, Sydney, 19 July 1919.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsNo address given or next of kin stated on Embarkation Roll.
Date of death3 August 1963
Age at death68
Place of burialGladstone Cemetery, Queensland [Headstone incorrectly states awarded 3 Bars to DCM]

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