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Niel Mackenzie FREEMAN

Date of birth21 April 1890
ReligionChurch of England
AddressVirginia Street, Newtown via Geelong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinThomas William Freeman, Virginia Street, Newtown via Geelong, Victoria
Enlistment date3 March 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name24th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 26 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant-Colonel
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion

Lieutenant Colonel

Unit: 31st Battalion
Promotion date: 1 February 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 22 May 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*given name two spellings Niel and Neil

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when his battalion was attacked by the enemy after a preliminary bombardment of great intensity. Though his right flank was exposed by the enemy attack, he held his position with the greatest determination, and repulsed the enemy, inflicting heavy casualties. When reinforcements arrived he personally directed their dispositions under a very heavy enemy barrage, and continued to send clear and encouraging reports upon the situation. He was able eventually to cover the gap on his flank and to consolidate the position. On a subsequent occasion he rendered great assistance in supporting an attack and in consolidating a captured position. His courage and devotion to duty were beyond all praise.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 120
Date: 7 August 1918

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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