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Media Release

The Hon Bruce Scott MP

Minister for Veterans' Affairs

Federal Member for Maranoa



11 December 1998

Western Australian World War I Veterans Receive Legion of Honour Medals

Three Western Australian World War I veterans will each be presented with the French Legion of Honour medal at a ceremony at 10 am, Tuesday 15 December 1998, at the Howard Solomon Hostel, Hybanthus Road, Ferndale .

The recipients are one veteran who served with the Australian Imperial Force and two who served with British forces.

The veterans are: Mr John Holmes (AIF) and Mr William Young and Mr George Fielder (British veterans).

At a private ceremony later that day, a medal will be presented to another British veteran, Mr Alfred Bellord.

The presentations will be made by the Chief of Protocol for the French Embassy in Australia, Mr Gregoire Chilovsky.

Mr Holmes served in France with the 4 th Field Ambulance, part of the 4 th Brigade, 4 th Division, Australian Imperial Force. They were involved in many significant actions in France, including Bullecourt (April 1917), Dernancourt (April 1918), Hamel (July 1918), and many other actions in the Ancre Valley and the Somme Valley in 1918.

Mr Young enlisted in January 1918 as a wireless operator in the Royal Flying Corps. After training he posted to France and attached to 14 th Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery, and it was his task to receive Morse code messages from observation aircraft.

Mr Fielder served with the East Surrey Regiment and the Royal Fusiliers, while Mr Bellord saw active service in France with the 49 th Battalion.

Media representatives are welcome to attend the 10 am presentation ceremony.

For further information about the presentation ceremonies, contact:

Department of Veterans’ Affairs - Perth - Paul Dudumas - 08 9366 8377

MEDIA CONTACT: Michael Priebe: Tel: (02) 6277 7820 or mobile 0418 482 514