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Gerard Algernon Percival ATKINSON

Regimental number20061
Place of birthToorak, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address20 Charnwood Crescent, St Kilda, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs C J Atkinson, 20 Charnwood Crescent, St Kilda, Victoria
Enlistment date10 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 8, Battery 32
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/36/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 20 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 6 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 19 February 1919

Military Medal

'On October 4th, 1917. East of YPRES, Gunner ATKINSON carried important despatches from Brigade headquarters to the Batteries under very heavy shell-fire. During the previous operations at YPRES, on two occasions when all traffic was held up and all communications broken by hostie shell-fire, he got despatches through to his battery. This man has done consistent good work, and shown marked devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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