Oscar William Bisguard OWRE MM, Cst.G (Russia)

OWRE, Oscar William Bisguard

Service Number: 2573
Enlisted: 1 June 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Barossa, South Australia, 28 March 1890
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Motorman
Died: Killed in Action, Villers-Bretonneux, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France, 3 September 1916, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kingscote Kangaroo Island WW1 Roll of Honour, Penneshaw Kangaroo Island Men Roll of Honor WW1, Penneshaw War Memorial, Unley Arch of Remembrance, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

1 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1
26 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2573, 12th Infantry Battalion
26 Aug 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2573, 12th Infantry Battalion, RMS Morea, Adelaide

Military Medal Citation

On the 11th August, 1916, at the CHALK PIT near POZIERES an enemy H.E. shell burst in the Brigade Dump of ammunition, timber, etc. setting a light to it, and causing flare lights and bombs to explode, which they did continuously. The bursting bombs were sending flying pieces in every direction wounding several men. One of these was lying helpless quite close to the fire and in the midst of the exploding ammunition Private OWRE rushed in and with the help of another man carried one of the wounded men out to safety. He then returned through the bursting bombs and flying pieces and rescued a second wounded man who was partially buried by portion of the Dump and quite close to the conflagration, bearing him out of danger and to the nearest Aid Post.

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The Express and Telegraph (Adelaide, SA : 1867 - 1922)  Thu 21 Feb 1918



Mrs. Ratcliff, of Eaton-street, Malvern, has received from the military authorities two military decorations awarded to her late grandson, Acting Corporal O. W. B. OWRE, by the King and the ex-Czar of Russia, for gallantry in the field. The British decoration consists of the Military Medal. The Russian decoration is the Cross of St. George of the third class. The medal was given to Corporal Owre, for bravery in rescuing wounded men from exploding ammunition during a fire caused by an enemy shell at Chalk Pit, near Pozieres, on August 9, 1916. The Russian Cross was also awarded for conspicuous bravery on August 9. On September 3 Corporal Owre received wounds in the battle of the Somme, which proved fatal. He enlisted on May 20, 1915, and left on August 26 of the same year. He was 25 years of age when he enlisted.