Roy Garnett PREECE MM

Badge Number: S69127, Sub Branch: Lock-Tooligie

PREECE, Roy Garnett

Service Number: 49
Enlisted: 18 August 1914
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 1st Divisional Signal Company
Born: Adelaide, SA, 26 May 1894
Home Town: Inglewood, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Telegraph assistant
Died: 1 April 1980, aged 85 years, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Happy Valley Cemetery, Port Lincoln
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World War 1 Service

18 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 49, 1st Divisional Signal Company
20 Oct 1914: Involvement Sapper, SN 49, 1st Divisional Signal Company
20 Oct 1914: Embarked Sapper, SN 49, 1st Divisional Signal Company, HMAT Karroo, Melbourne
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Driver, SN 49
Date unknown: Wounded SN 49, 1st Divisional Signal Company

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Albert Edward PREECE and Alice emma nee CROWDER

Military Medal

'On the night 2nd/3rd November, 1917 at SANSOUCI Valley - North of WESTHOEK - these two Signallers working as Linesmen - maintained the Telephone Lines between Group Headquarters and the 8 Batteries - working throughout the night under a very heavy Gas and H.E. bombardment which continually cut the lines. These men [PREECE and 191 Robert Cuthbert GRIEVE] - regardless of personal safety - never hesitated to at once go the break and mend it. The Gas was very thick and the ground was so broken that if often took an hour to trace and mend a single break. By their heroic attention to duty communications were maintained throughout the night. Both these men although they wore their Respirators have since been evacuated, Gassed.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918