PREVIOUS SERVICE –  86th Infantry – Still serving at time of Enlistment
19/01/1916- To 45 Depot Company as Private
01/02/1916- To ” C ” Company 44th Battalion, WA
06/06/1916- Embarked Fremantle WA aboard ” Suevic” bound for England
21/07/1916- Disembarked Plymouth England ex Australia To Training Base
25/11/1916- Proceeded Overseas France ex Southampton to Join 44th Battalion in the field
20/02/1918- Admitted Hospital France ( Laryngitis & Gas to Eyes ) ex 10th Australian Field Ambulance
05/03/1918- Rejoined Battalion in the field France ex Sickness
06/05/1918- Awarded Military Medal
09/07/1918- Appointed Lance Corporal in the field France
23/07/1918- Injured Accidentally ( Sprained Right Ankle )- to 10th Field Ambulance
04/08/1918- Rejoined Battalion in the field France ex Injury
27/08/1918- Wounded in Action France (Gunshot Wounds to Leg & Arm, Fractured Finger Right Hand (Severe )
28/08/1918- Admitted 5th General Hospital Rouen France ex 5th Casualty Clearing Station ex Ambulance Train 16
02/09/1918- Evacuated/Admitted Military Hospital Woking England ex France
03/10/1918- Discharged from Hospital & Granted Leave England
23/10/1918- To Overseas Training Brigade Longbridge Deverill England ex Leave
22/11/1918- Proceeded Overseas Australian Infantry Base Depot Rouelles France ex England ex Wounded
03/12/1918- Rejoined 44th Battalion in the field France ex Base Depot
02/04/1919- To AIBD Rouelles ex Field France
05/04/1919- To No. 3 Group Codford England ex France
01/06/1919- Embarked England aboard ” Somali ” for Return to Australia
08/07/1919- Disembarked Fremantle WA ex England
23/08/1919- Discharged from Service ( Termination of Period of Enlistment ).

AWARDED MILITARY MEDAL

Pte. MOUNTAIN, Sidney 597 was recommended for Award of the Military Medal on 09/04/1918, signed by Major General John MONASH .

” For conspicuous Gallantry under intense Machine Gun fire.  On night of 28/29 March, 1918, during a reconnaissance in force before SAILLY-LAURETTE, No. 597 Private S. MOUNTAIN showed conspicuous gallantry. While the Battalion was digging in, he volunteered to go out under the most intense machine gun barrage this Battalion has experienced and bring in wounded. He was able to locate three wounded and later, with assistance bring them in.

His coolness and bravery was a splendid example to his comrades and his work in conjunction with that of Private H. HICKS, was largely responsible for saving the lives of three of his comrades.

This soldier worked continuously throughout the night in helping wounded comrades and supplying information as to enemy movement whilst the position was being dug in “.

Commonwealth Gazette – No. 185 of 27/11/1918,

London Gazette- 4th Supplement No. 30797, of 16/07/1918.

 

AUTHOR’S NOTE– Unfortunately, the Soldiers service File does not include detail/Number of the British War Medal, nor Victory Medal awarded, along with the Military Medal.