Australian WW1 Military Medal and Trio - Reinhold Frederick WITTE (10th Battalion AIF)
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Anzac, Military Medal, 10th Battalion
Group of four mounted as worn. Military Medal, GV uncrowned head 1916-30 (3970 Pte R.F Witte 10/Aust Inf); 1914-15 Star, British War & Victory Medals (3970 Pte R.F Witte 10/Bn A.I.F).
He was awarded the Military Medal for bravery on the Western Front near Le Barque on 25th February, 1917.
On 25 and 26 February 1917 there was much Australian action around the Butte de Warlencourt. On 25 February, in the dark, the 18th and 20th Battalions (New South Wales) advanced through thick fog on either side of the Butte, meeting minimal resistance. Across the fields to the left (as one looks back towards Le Sars), the 9th Battalion (Queensland) and the 10th Battalion (South Australia) were ordered to advance in the fog towards the village of Le Barque. As they moved off at a quick marching pace down the slope, the fog lifted and shells burst all around them on the muddy ground. Between them the two units lost thirty men killed in that day’s charge at Le Barque, but the German rearguard moved quickly away into a small wood fringing the village.
Military Medal Citation:
'Private Rheinhold Frederick WITTE displayed great devotion to duty near LE BARQUE on the 25th February, 1917. He rendered valuable service by patrolling our flanks and front and gaining information of importance. He was continuously under fire from machine guns and snipers.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 140
Date: 27 August 1917
Also included are his Rising Sun hat and (single) collar badges, Return from Active Service badge, Silver War Service badge and Returned Sailors, Soldier Imperial League membership badge and two shooting patches. Lugs missing from RSSIL and collar badges.
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