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Richmond Cornwallis EATHER

Regimental number2707
Place of birthGoodooga New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation manager
AddressToronto, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMother, Mrs H Eather, Toronto, New South Wales
Enlistment date17 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 16 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)NR incorrectly states he won the DCM.

Military Medal

'For conspicuous good work at POZIERES in repairing telephone lines under heavy artillery fire between dates of 11th and 14th August, 1916. He frequently went through heavy barrages of artillery fire mending lines and was responsible for communication being restored when it was urgently needed.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty, as battalion intelligence officer, and also in maintaining communications with attacking companies after the signalling officer had been wounded. He repeatedly passed through heavy enemy barrage to bring in wounded, and was untiring in his efforts under heavy shell fire in maintaining telephone wires to the front line.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack on the Beaurevoir line, east of Peronne, on 2rd October 1918. When the objective was captured, he went across to a flank and under heavy fire brought back information that the battalion on the right was held up, thus enabling a flank defence to be established at once. He then went forward to the front line, which had gone past our objective, and brought back valuable information regarding the situation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920

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

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