Ralph Edgar ADCOCK MM

Badge Number: S26586, Sub Branch: Woodville
S26586

ADCOCK, Ralph Edgar

Service Numbers: 5338, S67258, 48988
Enlisted: 6 February 1916
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: Royal Australian Air Force
Born: Wayville, South Australia, 3 October 1894
Home Town: Croydon, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Callon Park Mental Hospital, New South Wales, Australia, 18 May 1954, aged 59 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: AIF Cemetery, West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide
Section: KO, Road: 19A, Site No: 32
Memorials: Hindmarsh Baptist Church WW1 Roll of Honour, Hindmarsh Star of Freedom Tent No 4 IOOR WW1 Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

6 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1
11 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, SN 5338, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Adelaide
11 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, SN 5338, 10th Infantry Battalion
11 Nov 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, SN 5338, 10th Infantry Battalion

World War 2 Service

8 Apr 1942: Involvement Private, SN S67258, 1st (Western Adelaide) Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps
8 Apr 1942: Enlisted Adelaide, SA
16 Jul 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Corporal, SN 48988, Royal Australian Air Force
16 Jul 1942: Enlisted Adelaide
3 Jul 1945: Discharged

Military Medal Citation

He was awarded the Military Medal in October, 1917.

“During the operation at Polygon Wood east of Ypres on 19-22/9/17 Cpl Adcock rendered valuable services. He volunteered for a special patrol which went out 600 yards in front of our line and remained there throughout the night of 20-21/9/17 under heavy artillery fire. He sent back reports of enemy movements to the Artillery and, by this means, several attempted concentrations of the enemy were frustrated. He was wounded early in the evening but carried on and his devotion to duty set a splendid example to his men and was the means of greatly protecting our front line”.

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Biography

Son of Thomas ADCOCK and Elizabeth Jane nee GREEN