Peter Stanley PROUDFOOT MM+Bar

PROUDFOOT, Peter Stanley

Service Numbers: 2453, Q230321
Enlisted: 3 August 1915, Narrabri, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 18th Infantry Battalion
Born: Boggabri, New South Wales, 12 October 1895
Home Town: Boggabri, Narrabri, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Barber
Died: Natural causes, Mount Isa, Queensland, 11 March 1970, aged 74 years
Cemetery: Mount Isa Cemetery, Qld
P-1; Pl-3; Grave #41
Memorials: Boggabri War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

3 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2453, Narrabri, New South Wales
5 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2453, 18th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
5 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2453, 18th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Sydney
25 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2453, 18th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
20 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2453, 18th Infantry Battalion, Menin Road
9 Oct 1917: Honoured Military Medal, Battle of Poelcapelle, Excellent work as a stretcher bearer.
19 May 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2453, 18th Infantry Battalion, "Peaceful Penetration - Low-Cost, High-Gain Tactics on the Western Front"
9 Aug 1918: Honoured Military Medal and bar, The Battle of Amiens, Cleared wounded from no-man's-land at Rainecourt under heavy fire on numerous occasions.
14 Sep 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 18th Infantry Battalion
17 Dec 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 18th Infantry Battalion

World War 2 Service

22 Jan 1943: Enlisted Private, SN Q230321, Dalgonally, Queensland

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Biography contributed by Michael Silver

Boggabri lad Peter Stanley Proudfoot was twice honoured for exceptional bravery on the Western Front.

A barber of Wee Waa Street, Boggabri, New South Wales embarked on the troopship 'Thermistocles' on October 5, 1915. After training in Egypt he was sent to France with the 5th reinforcements for the 18th Battalion in 1916.

A stretcher bearer, he was awarded the Military Medal on October 9, 1917 for excellent work and devotion to duty during operations on Broodseinde Ridge. Ten months later he was awarded a Bar to his Military Medal for conspicuos gallantry and devotion to duty near Rainecourt, east of Amiens.

His citation read ....... "The company had been compelled to withdraw 300 yards, leaving a number of wounded. The enemy were sniping the stretcher bearers. Two bearers (Proudfoot and Speering) went out in front of the forward posts under very heavy machine gun fire and in full view of the enemy and cleared the wounded. They made five trips in daylight and two after dark, only stopping when all the wounded had been cleared."

After just over four years overseas, Sergeant Proudfoot returned home to marry Florence, his Victorian sweatheart from the Gippsland district. Heading north, the couple worked on various stations throughout north Queensland over the next 30 years. 

In 1954, they arrived in Mt Isa and stayed becoming prominent in the local community particularly in horse racing circles. Sergeant Peter Proudfoot MM & Bar died at Mt Isa in 1970 aged 75. His wife Florence lived another 10 years before her death in 1980.