Lewis Albert CRIDDLE

Regimental number7586
Place of birthCardiff England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngine cleaner
AddressCollie, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs Alma Argust, Fern Brook, Collie, Western Australia
Enlistment date17 April 1917
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 25th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/6
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 29 June 1917
Regimental number from Nominal Roll7586A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work near Peronne on 29 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 11 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 25 September 1919

Military Medal

'During the operations South of PERONNE on the 29th August 1918, Private CRIDDLE carried despatches to and from his Company under very heavy enemy machine gun and rifle fire. Owing principally to the speedy and gallant manner in which he moved about, a constant communication was maintained between his Company Commander and Battalion Headquarters throughout. In the advance, he was amongst the first few to reach the final objective. During the operations on 2nd September East of MONT ST. QUENTIN, near PERONNE, he again rendered most valuable services in maintaining communication with Headquarters despite a very heavy artillery and machine gun barrage by the enemy. He set a fine example of courage and devotion to duty, to his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal