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Harold Herbert DINSDALE

Regimental number5357
ReligionMethodist
OccupationCarpenter
Address8 Peninsular Road, Maylands, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Dinsdale, 8 Peninsular Road, Maylands, Western Australia
Enlistment date7 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 17 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 4 June 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Western Australia Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'Is brought to notice for his excellent work and gallantry during the operations near HEBUTERNE. After his Platoon Commander had been wounded, he took command of his Platoon most efficiently. During the enemy's intense bombardments on the 5th April, 1918 he was always to be found at the point of greatest danger, encouraging his men, and helping to care for the wounded, with a complete disregard for his own personal safety. When the attack developed he took his Platoon to the right Flank and directed their fire on the enemy with great skill and energy. He is recommended for distinction.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death16 December 1982

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