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Harold William DAVIES

Regimental number3537
Place of birthHomebush, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSchool teacher
AddressState School, Yandoit Hills, near Castlemaine, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, D Davies, 305 Darling Street, Ballarat, Victoria
Enlistment date27 February 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll27 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 11 January 1917

FateDied of wounds 5 April 1918
Age at death from cemetery records44
Place of burialLa Neuville British Cemetery (Plot II, Row G, Grave No. 10), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Daniel B and Ellen DAVIES, 44 Bay View Road, Seddon, Melbourne. Native of Homebush, Victoria

Military Medal

'On the night of 22nd/23rd November, 1916, Private DAVIES, a Lewis Gunner, was marching in rear of his Company on the way to the front line trenches, east of GUEDECOURT. When approaching SHINE TRENCH they were subjected to heavy artillery and machine gun fire, resulting in several casualties. Private DAVIES picked up a wounded man and carried him to SHINE TRENCH, where he handed over to the care of his Company which had just taken over, stating that he though there was still another man left, he returned over the fire swept ground, a distance of 200 yards, and brought back another wounded man. Again he went back and searched the same locality, and finding no other cases he returned to SHINE TRENCH, reported the fact and proceeded to MILD TRENCH where his gun had been placed in position. His conduct had an excellent moral effect on his comrades who were occupying a very ugly sector for the first time. This man also distinguished himself previously by bringing in wounded from "NO MAN'S LAND" after the action at FROMELLES 19th/20th July, 1916.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

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

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