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Atal Norman Spencer ELPHINSTON

Regimental number1059
Place of birthForrest Lodge New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationTinsmith
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Elphinston, 6 Mallet Street, Camperdown, New South Wales
Enlistment date27 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport Berrima on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Medals

Military Medal

'On the 3rd October, 1918, during the attack on the BEAUREVOIR SYSTEM, near the village of BEAUREVOIR, East of PERONNE, when his Platoon was held up by a strong enemy machine gun post, Private ELPHINSTONE worked round the position, bombed it, jumped in and killed five of the enemy and took 1 Sergeant Major and 10 other Ranks prisoners. This enabled the platoon to come up into line with the remainder of the advancing Company. Later under extremely heavy machine gun fire this soldier worked untiringly for three hours bringing in wounded from in front on our position when the Battalion had withdrawn to a defensive position.'

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