Harold george mclennans war records

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I am his grand daughter and trying to Trace his war record . Know service number was1885 ,   33 battalion.He also gained Military Medal.
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Please tell me,Where was he born and when,what war served in?

I will see what i can do.

Wayne R. Morgan 5487 Wiki Tree

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You can click a link to view the digital copy at NAA: http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/NameSearch/Interface/ItemDetail.aspx?Barcode=1954012

A very brief summary: he served in France with the 33rd, he was wounded multiple times during his service including being gassed and shot in the cheek, his conduct sheet was clean (never formally disciplined/charged), Throughout his service was promoted to the rank of sergeant.

His MM for bravery in the field was gazetted in London 21 Jan 1919: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/31142/supplement/1252

by Rob Ton G2G6 Pilot (274k points)

If the NAA link above doesn't take you directly to the indexed record (I had some issues following the link) try this link: http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/scripts/Imagine.asp?B=1954012 which should point directly to the digitized copy.

If neither link works you can do an advanced search selecting items (bottom of the pyramid) then entering item barcode "1954012".

And here is the recommendation for the Military Medal: http://static.awm.gov.au/images/collection/pdf/RCDIG1068563--15-.PDF


33rd Bn. A.I.F. - 1885 - Sergeant Harold George McLENNAN.

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations against enemy positions South of the SOMME {East of HAMEL} on 8th August, 1918.

With Only two men Sergeant McLENNAN rushed an active enemy post of the Western edge of ACCROCHE WOOD and succeeded in the capture of 2 machine guns and 20 prisoners. He succesfully led his party through the WOOD despite the dense fog, and displayed great courage and intitiative throughout the advance.

He rendered valuable assistance in the re-organization of his Company and in the consolidation.

If you are interested there is an aerial photograph of the area where this action occured, taken a few weeks prior, available from the map collection at Canada's McMaster University here: http://digitalarchive.mcmaster.ca/islandora/object/macrepo%3A5073

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