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Maurice Phillip DEEKER

Regimental number3227
Place of birthFootscray, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Address61 Cutter Street, Burnley, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, Phillip Alfred Deeker, Chapel Street, Broken Hill, New South Wales
Enlistment date29 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 4 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work at Vauvillers on 9 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 11 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 19 February 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations at VAUVILLERS on 9th August 1918, Private DEEKER was acting as a Company Runner. Under a very heavy artillery and Machine Gun barrage this soldier repeatedly carried important messages to the advanced Platoons and to Battalion Headquarters. At one time when one of his Companies Lewis Gun Teams had all been either killed or wounded, Private DEEKER acting on his own initiative secured the Gun and accessories and carried them forward to the final objective. His courage and skill throughout the operation greatly assisted his Company in the very difficult task they had to perform. His example was an inspiration to all with whom he came in contact.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death7 February 1961
Place of burialFawkner Cemetery

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