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Hubert Joseph DUFFY

Regimental number2159
Place of birthSt Kilda, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationClerk
Address78 Acland Street, St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinFather, H B Duffy, Mayo 24 Ruskin Street, St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 27 September 1915
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from
Regimental number from Nominal Roll2157
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Quartermaster Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

MSM


Recommendation date: 7 January 1919

Meritorious Service Medal


Recommendation date: 6 Septemebr 1918

FateReturned to Australia 10 April 1919
Medals

Meritorious Service Medal

'This Non-Commissioned Officer has done much to improve the comfort of the troops in the line by his unremitting energy and ceaseless effort. Under most adverse circumstances he has personally supervised the transport of rations forward under fire of all descriptions on many occasions. On the night of 4th July 1918 when his cook house was destroyed by bombs from hostile aircraft he immediately reorganised his resources and with the scanty facilities at his disposal was able to maintain the supply of hot food and drink for the men in the line. His general work and his devotion to duty, to the exclusion of all personal elements, have been magnificent.' Second entry reads: 'This N.C.O. rendered very efficient and meritorious service with the 21st Battalion, and also with this Unit. During the heavy fighting from 8th August, 1918, until October, 1918, he successfully maintained the supply and delivery of rations to the Company in the front line. This was always personally supervised by him, and in doing so he continually showed the greatest determination and utter disregard of personal danger. At MONT ST. QUENTIN the ration limbers came under very heavy shell fire, but DUFFY displaying splendid initiative and judgment, safely guided them through. Out of the line, C.Q.M.S. DUFFY's unselfishness, and devotion to duty, have always contributed largely to the harmonious working of the Company, and the comfort of the men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 113
Date: 6 October 1919

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

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