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Arthur COURTNEY

Regimental number661
Place of birthSouth Melbourne Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Address33 Eastern Road, South Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs H Courtney, 33 Eastern Road, South Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date8 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 29 September 1916

FateReturned to Australia 13 May 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'During operations near FLEURBAIX on 16th September, 1916, Bombardier COURTNEY exhibited commendable courage and devotion to duty. Our parapet in front of the Mortar position was badly breached by enemy artillery fire, and although shells continued to burst in proximity to the mortar - wounding one of the detachment - Bombardier COURTNEY remained at his post inspiring others by his fine example, with the result that the mortar was kept in action and achieved its object.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death25 October 1957
Place of burialFawkner Cemetery

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