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Joseph Henry FALKINGHAM

Regimental number2365
Place of birthCranbourne Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCarpenter
Address30 Green Street, Windsor, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMrs M A Falkingham, 30 Green Street, Windsor, Victoria
Enlistment date12 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT RMS Osterley on 29 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work atMont St. Quentin on 31 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 7 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the morning of the 31st August, 1918, in the attack on MONT ST. QUENTIN this N.C.O. showed great resource and initiative in taking charge of 4 guns and 20 men after the Officer and Sergeant had become casualties. Corporal Falkingham his own initiative took all 4 guns forward to their objective through a very heavy enemy barrage. He placed his guns so as to form a strong support to the front line and at the same time to protect the flanks which were quite open to the enemy, thereby closing what would have been a serious breach in the defence and making the position secure. he reconnoitred the whole front under fire in the coolest and bravest manner, siting the guns personally.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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