Historical information

Born 5th October 1895 in Adavoyle, United Kindom
Occupation Grocer and later horticulturalist
Married after WW1- Wife - Daisy Florence Barclay
World War One
Staff Sergeant Regimental Number 2139
Enlisted AIF in Melbourne 29th December 1914, having previously served 3 months with the Ulster Volunteers and to camp Broadmeadows, to depot Battalion 29th December 1914.
Embarked from Melbourne for the middle East with 3rd reinforcement group for the 5th Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 25th February 1915 per transport 'Runic'. Disembarked Alexandria and to camp Heliopolis, Egypt. Operation Gallipoli from 5th May 1915 with 5th Battalion. Sick with dental problems 2nd Field Ambulance 17th September 1915. To hospital Lemnos 20th December 1915. To Alexandria hospital with pluerisy 12th January 1916. Returned to Australia with enteric per 'Nestor' 9th February 1916.To duty Broadmeadows 4th April 1916. Wmbarked with 4th reinforcements group for the 58th Battalion, 15th Brigade per transport 'Themistocles' 1st August 1916 Returned to England 14th September 1916. Operations France and Flanders from 6th December 1916. To 59th Battalion 29th December 1916. To 5th Division Infantry School 18th February to 28th March 1917 as Lance Corporal. Corporal 7th April 1917. Sergeant 2nd May 1917. To 3rd Southern General Hospital Oxford 4th October 1917.
Returned to Melbourne per Transport 'Persic' 12th February 1918.
Discharged 14th March 1918.
Second World War. Regimental Number V5571
Emlisted in the Australian Military Forces in Royal Park, Melbourne 22nd August 1940 and to 2nd Infantry Training Battalion, Fyansford.
Staff Sergeant 24th August 1940. To 2/14th Training Battalion Wangaratta 11th October 1940. To 2/23rd Training Battalion, Wangaratta 18th October, 1940.To Southern Command Training School 26th May 1941.to Camp Bonegilla 15th May 1942. To Camp Caulfield 11th November 1942. Discharged to Reserve Occupation 19th November 1942.
Awarded 1915-15 Star, British War Medal, and Victory Medal 1914-1919
Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal as Lance Corporal vide London Gazette 30111 of 31st July 1918.
Citation for action on 9th July 1917 during the third Battle of Ypres reads- " For conspicous gallantry and devotion to duty. He rendered invaluable service during operation in carrying important messsages through heavy fire"
Awarded War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45 in 1951. Described as 71.5inches tall, medium complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. He died 11th September 1962.

Physical description

WW1 - Distinguished Conduct Medal
1914/15 Star
1914/18 British War Medal
Victory Medal
WW11 - 1939/45 British War Medal
Australian Service Medal 1939/45

All medals with associated coloured ribbons.
These are replica medals made in the exact metals as the originals.
Also in display is a record of War Service which can be found in the narrative.

Inscriptions & markings