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Ralph Alec HUNT

Place of birthBrighton Vic
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCivil engineer
AddressMiddle Brighton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, Harry William Hunt, 18 Normandy Street, Middle Brighton, Victoria
Enlistment date10 October 1916
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit nameOctober 1917 Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/42/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board SS Canberra on 16 November 1917
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Divisional Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Victoria Cross (Awarded Companion of the Distinguished Service Order)

Woek near Cerisy on 8 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 14 August 1918

Mention in Despatches

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

FateReturned to Australia 1 July 1919

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry on 8th August, 1918, near Cherisy. With a small party he reconnoitred, and, under machine gun fire, crossed bridges to the enemy's side. While examining one of the bridges the sapper whom he took with him was wounded, and he carried this man for 200 yards under fire to a place of safety. After getting his pontoons up to the water-side under heavy fire, he furnished an accurate report on the state of the roads and bridges in the neighbourhood to his officer commanding. His coolness and excellent work under trying circumstances were most praiseworthy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Service Order, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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