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Robert Edward CULPH

Regimental number1143
Place of birthSailors Falls Victoria
ReligionProtestant
OccupationFarmer
AddressSailor's Falls, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, William Henry Culph, Sailor's Falls, Victoria
Enlistment date25 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name38th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/55/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work at Herleville Wood on 23 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 30 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 9 February 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry on the 23rd day of August, 1918, at HERLEVILLE WOOD. During the early part of the attack when the first wave of his platoon was temporarily held up and suffering heavy casualties from enemy machine Guns, this N.C.O. acting on his own initiative ran forward and firing his Lewis Gun from the hip quickly silenced the enemy gun, capturing it and the crew of five men. Later on, at the head of his section, while beating off a counter attack on the right this N.C.O. was severely wounded. His daring and initiative was of the highest order.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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