Percival Pacific (Pat) ANDREWS MSM

ANDREWS, Percival Pacific

Service Number: 6470
Enlisted: 6 March 1915, Townsville, Queensland
Last Rank: Company Sergeant Major
Last Unit: 2nd Divisional Train
Born: Townsville, Queensland, 26 July 1892
Home Town: Townsville, Townsville, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Locomotive Fireman
Died: Natural causes, Queensland, Australia, 26 May 1962, aged 69 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Queensland Railways Toowoomba Employees
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World War 1 Service

6 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 6470, Townsville, Queensland
24 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 6470, 17th Army Service Corps, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
24 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Driver, SN 6470, 17th Army Service Corps, HMAT Ascanius, Brisbane
20 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6470, 17th Army Service Corps, ANZAC Gallipoli
8 Feb 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 17th Army Service Corps
15 Mar 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, 17th Army Service Corps
21 Feb 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 2nd Divisional Train
18 Apr 1920: Discharged AIF WW1, Company Sergeant Major, SN 6470, 2nd Divisional Train

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Biography

"A new rail overpass has been named after a decorated Townsville war veteran who fought in France, Belgium and Gallipoli during World War I. The structure on the Bruce Highway, been built as part of the $153 million Vantassel St to Cluden upgrade, has been named Andrews Overpass after local hero Percival "Pac­ific" Andrews. Mr Andrews enlisted in January, 1915 at age 22 and completed his training in Egypt, before being sent to fight at Gallipoli and later on the Western Front. In March, 1918 he was awarded the meritorious service medal for gallant conduct and devotion to duty in the field during a severe bomb­ing attack in October, 1917.

During heavy shell fire he managed to recover six of 10 abandoned general service wagons, while the other four were destroyed. The new overpass is expected to improve safety and traffic flow by eliminating the existing open-level train crossing at Cluden. Transport Minister Darren Chester said the overpass was named after Mr Andrews bec­ause he courageously fought for his country. "It’s an honour to remember a local hero, as Pacific ­devoted his life to the service of others, both during the war and at home in Australia," Mr Chester said. "The Bruce Highway is a major corridor for freight, commuter and tourist traffic, and this upgrade will improve safety and travel times for all road users in the Townsville area," he said." - SOURCE (www.townsvillebulletin.com.au)

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