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Iffla, Harold Athelstan Hereford

** MM 1822 2nd Lieut. 16th Bn.

Born at Albany in 1893, protestant. Enlisted 22 January 1915 age 21, famer. Nok mother, Ann Elizabeth Iffla of Smiths Mill Nannup. Embarked at Fremantle per A8 Argyllshire 19 April 1915. Served at Gallipoli and was wounded in the thigh on 9th August 1915 and transferred to 15th General Hospital at Alexandria in Egypt. He was wounded again on 22 August 1916 and again at Boulogne in France. On 11 April 1917, while engaged in close combat, he was bayoneted in the stomach and buttocks and hospitalised in England. RTA in July 1917 and discharged 7 December 1917. Sergeant Harold Iffla was awarded a Military Medal on the recommendation of General Birdwood, Commander of the Australians at Gallipoli. The citation reads: ‘His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to award the Military Medal for bravery in the field to the undermentioned non-commissioned officer, No. 1822 Sergeant Harold Athelstan Hereford Iffla.’ Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No 62 19 April 1917. Award and service medals: MM, 1914-1915 Star, BWM and VM.  Harold returned to Albany where, in later years, he was a noted local historian. He died in 1980. Cottesloe School Honour Roll.