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Norman Hardy ATKINS

Regimental number1850
Place of birthEastleigh England
ReligionChurch of England
Addressc/o Mrs Hudson, Ridge Street, North Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinWife, Mrs H E Atkins, 36 Hill Court Road, E Dulwich, England
Enlistment date6 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Gallantry and invaluable assistance as runner. (East of Ypres)'
Recommendation date: 16 October 1917

FateDischarged 21 October 1918

Military Medal

'During the operations at BROODSEINDE RIDGE east of YPRES from 1st to 8th Oct., 1917 Pte. ATKINS distinguished himself by gallant conduct and devotion to duty. Whilst acting as runner he was of invaluable assistance in keeping up communications and much valuable information was conveyed to Battalion Headquarters by his personal efforts. On several occasions he passed through intense enemy barrages without hesitation and his disregard of danger set a fine example to his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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