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Ivan Shortrdge was born in Ballarat but enlisted from Albert Park on 20th August 1916. He was an engineer mechanic, aged 23 and single. He was appointed to the 2nd Field Company Australian Engineers with Regimental No. 169. During his service he was promoted Sergeant. On 11th June 1918 he was killed in action in the Hamel area, and is buried in the Borre British Cemetery, France.
He was awarded the Military Medal for 'During the operations along the MENIN ROAD on 20th and 22nd September, 1917, he was in charge of a party engaged in the construction of portion of a Strong Point in POLYGON WOOD. The work was successfully accomplished under trying conditions. 2nd Corporal Shortridge by his contempt for personal risk and devotion to duty set a fine example to his men. He personally reconnoitred a line for a communication trench to a neighbouring strong point.'
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