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Hugh Wagner FARMER

Regimental number491
Place of birthLaughton, Essex, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressWoodville, Robertsone, via Moss Vale, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs J.S. Farmer, Woodville, Robertsone, via Moss Vale, New South Wales
Enlistment date17 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name6th Light Horse Regiment, Machine Gun Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/11/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A29 Suevic on 21 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Company Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal`


Recommendation date: "November 1917"

FateReturned to Australia 1 November 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He made a reconnoissance of a well 150 deep, and found that it contained over 500 slabs of explosives, which had been placed in it by the enemy. The explosives were connected with two fuses, which were ready to be fired simultaneously. He succeeded in disconnecting the fuses, and in removing all the explosives. He
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 150
Date: 24 September 1918

Discharge date6 January 1920
Other details

War service: Middle East

Proceeded to Gallipoli, 9 May 1915. Sick (diarrhoea), 31 August 1915; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Cairo, 5 September 1915; discharged to light duty, 16 November 1915.

Taken on strength, 6th Light Horse Regiment, Tel-el-Kebir, 7 May 1916; transferred to Anzac Mounted Division, 1 June 1916.

Promoted Sergeant, 2 February 1917; commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant, 28 October 1918; Lieutenant, 28 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Nestor', 1 November 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 15 December 1919; discharged, 6 January 1920.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death11 November 1945

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