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Medals of the Month - October 2019

Medals awarded to William Albert Stanley 'Bert' Oldfield. Left to right:

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) (Civil), British War Medal 1914-1920, Victory Medal, Pacific Star, War Medal 1939-1945, Australia Service Medal 1939-1945.

1894: Born at Alexandria, Sydney, NSW. In his early youth played grade cricket for Glebe then Gordon as Wicket-Keeper.

1915: Aged 20, enlisted at Glebe, NSW in the 1st Australian Imperial Force (AIF) as a private soldier and posted to the Australian Army Medical Corps (AAMC).

1916: Posted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Cairo, Egypt. Re-located with 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital to Belford, Wiltshire, England.

1917: June. Transferred to 15th Australian Field Ambulance, Albert, France. Severely wounded in the leg during the Battle of Polygon Wood in September and evacuated to England.

1918: March. Transferred to AIF Kit Store, Hammersmith, London, England and promoted to the rank of Corporal in September.

1919-1920: Selected as Wicket-Keeper for the 1st AIF Cricket Team that toured England.


1st AIF Cricket Team
Back Row:
C.S. Winning, H.S. Love, J.T. Murray, E. Bull, J.M. Gregory, E.J. Long, W.A. Oldfield.
Seated: C.T. Docker, C.E. Pellew, H.L. Collins (Captain), C.B. Willis, A.W. Lampard, W.L. Trenerry.
In Front: J.M. Taylor, W.S. Stirling.

1920: March. Discharged from the 1st AIF on return to Australia.

1922: Selected as Wicket-Keeper for the Australian Test Cricket Team and went on to play 28 First Class matches in Britain, South Africa and Australia.

1939: November. Enlisted in the Citizen Military Forces (CMF) with the outbreak of WW2.

1941: April. Transferred to the 2nd AIF and worked with the Australian Army amenities Service and promoted to Captain in September.

1943: Promoted to Major.

1946: Discharged from the 2nd AIF (Headquarters Second Australian Corps) in Sydney.

Bert Oldfield passed away on 10 August 1976 at his home in Killara, Sydney.

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