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Regimental number1701
Place of birthSunderland England
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinGrandparent, Mrs M Sproat, 68 Cobden Terrace, Gateshead on Tyne, England
Enlistment date4 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 29 March 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Congratulatory Card

Recommendation date: 4 October 1917

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 5 May 1918

FateReturned to Australia 3 March 1919

Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty during operations at VILLERS BRETONNEUX on 3rd May, 1918. He was in charge of a gun and handled his team in an excellent manner. When the infantry withdrew receiving no orders, he dug in where he was, and then found he was within a few yards of the enemy, but by mere bluff kept them away. When the situation was quiet he withdrew to the infantry, getting all his men and gun back safely. His coolness and bravery set a fine example to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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