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Born in Ballarta West, Victoria and a Glazier by trade, Percy George Chalmers 25 years and single when enlisted on the 14th of April 1915 in the 22nd Battalion, 1st Reinforcement, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Acting Sergeant, Number 1523. His Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A35 'Berrima' on the 28th of June 1915. Promoted Lance Corporal on the 23rd of August 1915; temporary Corporal on the 31st of January 1916; Corporal and Temporary Sergeant on the 28th of February 1916; reverts to Corporal on return of senior N.C.O. Invalided to England per 'Stad Antiverpex' on the 29th of May 1916 and admitted to No. 26 Genertal Hospital Etaples æfractured ankle'. Embarked for return to Australia on the 29th of May 1919 and appointment terminated at Melbourne on the 20th of September 1919. Promotions 2nd Lieutenant from 22nd Infantry Battalion on the 23rd of July 1917 Lieutenant from 22nd Infantry Battalion on the 11 February 1918. Military Cross: 'For great courage and initiative near Geneve, on the nights 3rd-4th October 1918. During the advance, his company commander was killed. He promptly assumed command and rushed the position, bombing and capturing three heavy machine guns. He then led a party through the surrounding dug-outs, killing a portion of the occupants and forcing the surrender of one officer and thirty three others. At dawn he again led his men splendidly, killing several enemies and capturing three prisoners himself.' Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 30 Date: 25 March 1920 Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal Tree No. 661