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T/SGT Albert W. Battye M.M.

Bairnsdale Rowing Club (VIC)

Died of wounds Belgium 5 October 1917 Aged 28 years

Albert Wilkinson Battye was a bank accountant in Bairnsdale and enlisted on 24 July 1915. He was in Alexandria and Marseille before being wounded in May 1917 with gunshot to hands; in September with gunshot to head before fatal wounds in October when he died at the 2nd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station.

He had been awarded a Military Medal on 28 September for bravery in the field (non-commissioned officer) when during an attack in Polygon Wood he led his platoon to the successful capture of the enemy's strong point while under fire. He was in charge of an advanced bombing post and although heavily shelled, by his coolness and determination held his men together. 

He is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.

From the East Gippsland Family History Group Inc 2015

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