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Percival Richard COUTTS

Regimental number1729
Place of birthBallarat Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationMonoline operator
AddressHorsham, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinUncle, J E O'Shea, Wimmera Hotel, Horsham, Victoria
Enlistment date27 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name38th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/55/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 June 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Machine Gun Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: 3 MG Btn
Promotion date: 1 June 1918

Lieutenant


Unit: 3 MG Btn
Promotion date: 1 October 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Courage and determination during opewreations South-East of Messines on 7 June 1917.
Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

FateReturned to Australia 23 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the 7th June, 1917, during operations south east of MESSINES for his courage and determination. He led his Company through the area being bombarded by gas shells to the positions of assembly. Later on during the action he was wounded on four occasions but remained on duty until sent to the rear. His display of courage and determination greatly inspired his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Family/military connectionsCousin: 1713 Lance Corporal Theodore Arthur COUTTS, 38th Bn, killed in action, 30 November 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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