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Clifton Charles ELDRIDGE

Regimental number71
Place of birthNorth Adelaide, South Australia
ReligionCongregational
OccupationClerk
AddressGilbert Street, Gilberton, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs Ida May Eldridge, Gilbert Street, Bilberton, South Australia
Enlistment date2 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 31 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: Unallotted (Abroard)
Promotion date: 6 January 1919

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work near Mont St.Quentin on 2 September 1918.
Recommendation date: 11 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations of September 2nd 1918, which included the capture of HAUT ALLAINES and the high ground East of MONT ST. QUENTIN, near PERONNE, Sergeant ELDRIDGE carried on in command of his Company after all his officers had become casualties showing great ability and courage. He made a dangerous reconnaissance alone of an exposed flank under heavy machine gun fire from .77 cm guns, regardless of personal safety, and afterwards so skilfully disposed his men that they were able to hold their advanced position with very few men against greatly superior enemy numbers.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

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