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Henry William DADSWELL

Regimental number6868
Place of birthMount Cole, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressWarrak P.O., via Ararat, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Alfred Otto Dadswell, Warrak P.O., via Ararat, Victoria
Enlistment date6 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name2nd Divisional Signal Company, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/12/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 1 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Divisional Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Promulgated, 'Commonwealth Gazette', No. 66, 2 May 1918.
Recommendation date: 4 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1919

Military Medal

'During recent operations between 22nd and 30th September, 1917, on the POLYGON WOOD front, this man and Sapper Weir, working together as linesmen, laid and maintained a ladder line from our Relay Post between NONNE BOSSCHEN and POLYGONEVELD and the cable head of the Division on our left. The line ran across the most heavily shelled part of the area, and the fact that we were only out of communication with this Relay Post for about three hours in the lat 96 hours we occupied these Stations speaks volumes for his willingness to maintain communication forward of the Relay Posts but owing to intense enemy shell fire the lines were continually cut.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 66
Date: 2 May 1918

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 3137 Pte Stanley Alfred DADSWELL, 59th Bn, returned to Australia, 29 October 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesH.W. Dadswell, 'Diary of a Sapper', privately published

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