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Walter Herbert CUNNINGHAM

Regimental number2907
Place of birthLeichhardt New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationButcher's labourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs. A. Cunningham, 6 Fouchart Street, Rozelle, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date30 December 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll13 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 14 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 24 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during attack on enemy positions EAST of JEANCOURT on 18th September 1918. On his Platoon Commander becoming a casualty on the jumping off tape he took charge of the platoon and handled it skilfully throughout the advance. At one stage when the enemy offered stubborn resistance he rushed his platoon to a flank, overcame the opposition which would have proved critical and would have caused severe casualties to his Company. By his good leadership and timely assistance his Company was undoubtedly saved man lives.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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