Augustus Pegg (Gus) FARMER MM


FARMER, Augustus Pegg

Service Number: 4808
Enlisted: 9 December 1915, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1)
Born: Katanning, Western Australia, 1888
Home Town: Bridgetown, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Timber Worker
Died: Killed in Action, Mericourt, France, 8 August 1918
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bridgetown Battle of the Somme Memorial, Bridgetown Memorial Park, Bridgetown War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

9 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
1 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4808, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1)
1 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4808, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), HMAT Ulysses, Fremantle
8 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 4808, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1)

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Augustus Pegg FARMER was born in Katanning, Western Australia

His parents were William Pegg FARMER and Emily COYNE

"Corporal Augustus Farmer was a Western Australian indigenous soldier from Katanning.  He served in the 16th Battalion of the first AIF (Australian Imperial Force).  In May 1918 he became the first Aboriginal soldier to be awarded the Military Medal for his conspicuous bravery under fire. Three months later Augustus was mortally wounded at Mericourt on the Somme River. Today he lies in a military cemetery in Northern France" - SOURCE (