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Bertie Leslie DRINKWATER

Regimental number2912
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBootmaker
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs W.J. Drinkwater, 18 Victoria Street, Lewisham, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date14 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 14 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Medals

Military Medal

'Corporal DRINKWATER was conspicuous for his good work in the enemy trenches during the stay there. He remained after the withdrawal to search for our wounded and assisted several back; he also killed two of the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103
Date: 29 June 1917

Family/military connectionsBrothers: 206 Sergeant George Mahoney DRINKWATER, 1st Bn, returned to Australia, 5 November 1919; Captain Leo Sidney DRINKWATER, 13th Bn, killed in action, 7 August 1916.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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