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Edmund Joseph AUCKETT

Regimental number10011
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressGlanwilliam Street, Eastwood, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, E W Auckett, Glanwilliam Street, Eastwood, New South Wales
Enlistment date2 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 3, Reinforcement 13
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/31/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 17 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Trench Mortar Battery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

For excellent courage and devotion to duty while in action near Strazeele from 15-28 April 1918.
Recommendation date: 6 May 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal (Altered to Bar to Military Medal)

For bravery at Moolenacker, South East of Meteren on 29 May 1918.
Recommendation date: 5 June 1918

FateReturned to Australia 20 April 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'While in action near STRAZEELE from 15th April, 1918, to 28th April, 1918, these two N.C.O.s [AUCKETT and 2903 P. SWEENEY] worked their guns continuously for 14 days under very heavy enemy shell fire, destroying many enemy strong points, including machine gun positions. On the night of 16th April, 1918, under exceptionally heavy shell fire they carried their gun to a safe position when in danger of being destroyed and under continuous enemy shell fire placed the mortar in a new position. By their excellent courage and devotion to duty they set a magnificent example to their gun crews.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Date of death23 July 1976

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