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Ira Warren GUNN

Regimental number408
Place of birthNhill Victoria
AddressRockley Street, Nhill, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs W G Gunn, Rockley Street, Nhill, Victoria
Enlistment date25 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll26 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal (Awarded)

Conspicuous courage and audacity inspiring men of his Platoon and rendering valuable services. (East of Ypres 4 October 1917).
Recommendation date: 13 October 1917

FateKilled in Action 16 April 1918
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialNieppe-Bois (Rue-Du-Bois) British Cemetery (Row B, Grave No. 14), Vieux-Berquin, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Annie GUNN, Fernleigh, Nhill, Victoria

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For consp;icuous gallantry and devotion to duty in an attack. He took command of his platoon when his officer became a casualty, and during the advance encountered a party of the enemy assembling for an attack. He rushed forward, firing his rifle, and the enemy fell back to a concrete dug out, where they held up the advance by machine gun fire. He attacked and silenced the machine gun, capturing the entire crew. His courage set a splendid example to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 867 Corporal William Henry Gunn, Australian Army Service Corps, Motor Transport Section, returned to Australia, 3 December 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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