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Richard William Cyril EDDY

Regimental number442
Place of birthSandhurst, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMiner
AddressWeatherall Street, California Gully, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kin..., Richard Eddy, Weatherall Street, California Gully, Victoria
Enlistment date11 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, D Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 8 July 1918

FateReturned to Australia 21 December 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry at HAMEL WOOD, south east of CORBIE on 4th July, 1918. This N.C.O. was in charge of a Section carrying barbed wire and was himself loaded with a coil of wire. Immediately on leaving the jumping off tape he was severely wounded, one arm being rendered useless. Despite his wound he led his Section to the dump arriving with a complete load, and carrying on to his objective disposed his men on their line. At this stage he collapsed from strain and loss of blood. He set an inspiring example and concealed the severity of his wound until his task was completed.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death24 April 1962
Place of burialWoronora Cemetery

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