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Horace Shuttleworth was born in Eaglehawk, VIC and was a Clerk by trade when he enlisted from Ballarat in the 7th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement on 12 July 1915 at the age of 21. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915 and disembarked in Egypt where in February 1916 he was transferred to the 59th then to the 57th Battalion.
In June he moved to the battlefields of the Western Front and in 1917 he was awarded a Military Medal during fighting near Ypres in Belgium. His recommendation read, 'East of Glencorse Wood during the period 25th to 27th September Private Shuttleworth showed greatest coolness and courage in carrying out the duty as runner. Owing to many casualties in runners Private Shuttleworth constantly day and night passed through heavy enemy barrages, both forward to the front line and back to Brigade with messages and enabled us to keep the Artillery and Brigade Headquarters advised of the situation. His courage and devotion to duty was of the highest order and deserves recognition.' Despite placing himself at great risk he came through the war without significant physical injury. He returned home on the Trasos Montes and disembarked at Melbourne on May 22nd 1919.
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