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Wilfred Stanley HOSKING

Regimental number593
Place of birthAdelaide South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCommercial traveller
Address20 Clarke Street, Norwood, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Hosking, 20 Clarke Street, Norwood, South Australia
Enlistment date17 February 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll11 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name27th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 31 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


For distinguished service in command of D Company during operations on the Hindenburg Line East of Bullecourt.
Recommendation date: 13 May 1917

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 31 March 1919
Medals

Distinguished Service Order

'In Command of a support company during operations on the 2nd Sepetember, 1918, at Allaines, north east of Peronne, he displayed conspicuous gallantry and resource in attacking a hostile trench which was holding up the advance, capturing it and taking sixty prisoners. After all the company officers except himself and one other had become casualties, he collected the remanants of the companies and advanced with only twenty eight other ranks against 600 enemy infantry and a direct firing hostile battery. This prevented the enemy re-organizing for a counter attack. His courage and fine leadership were most marked.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion in operations, when he took over the command of two companies, and by his courage and fine personal example, was able to maintain an advanced position.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

''For conspicuous gallantry and devotion in operations, when he took over the command of two companies, and by his courage and fine personal example, was able to maintain an advanced position.''

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Service Order, Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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