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Rodney Beresford Ramage was born in Ballarat and was a Salesman by trade when he enlisted in the 14th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement on 24 August 1915 at the age of 24. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915 and sailed to Egypt where in March 1916 he was transferred to the 46th Battalion. In June he moved to France. On April 11th 1917 he was wounded in action, suffering a gunshot wound to the right buttock.
He was evacuated to the Colchester General Military Hospital in England, and while there he learned that his gallantry had been recognised through the awarding of a Military Medal, the recommendation for which read æAt BULLECOURT on the night of 9th April 1917 he took a party right up to the enemy trench and at great personal risk brought back accurate information as to the condition of the wire and the all important fact that the enemy were holding the trenches East of BULLECOURT in strength. During the attack on 11th instant he again went up under heavy machine gun fire and brought back accurate information as to how much of the enemy's trench was being held by the 46th Battalion. He was subsequently wounded.' His wound was such that he was returned to Australia aboard the Karoola, disembarking at Melbourne on August 27th 1917.
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