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Horace Leslie APPLETON

Regimental number806
Place of birthLeichhardt, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressNicholson Street, North Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs Helena Minnie Appleton, Nicholson Street, North Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date2 February 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work on 9 October 1917 at Passchendaele Ridge.
Recommendation date: 14 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 24 January 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Joseph APPLETON and Helena Minnie WHITELAW. Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance.

Military Medal

'Conspicuous gallantry and daring during the attack on 9th October, 1917, at PASSCHENDAELE RIDGE. He set a splendid example of courage and initiative to his platoon and when his Lewis gun team was blown out he rescue the gun, dashed forward with it and brought it into action against an enemy machine gun position thus enabling his platoon to advance and surround the obstacle. He was afterwards severely wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death11 August 1940
Age at death48
Place of burialNorthern Suburbs Crematorium, Sydney, New South Wales

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