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Victor Leslie LANCASTER

Regimental number2085
Place of birthBallarat, Victoria
SchoolWedderburn State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationDairy hand
Address'Bristoll', Salisbury Street, Camperdown, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Marha Dunn, 'Bristoll', Salisbury Street, Camperdown, New South Wales
Enlistment date11 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 16 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Victoria Cross

Awarded the DCM.
Recommendation date: 24 June 1918

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularMother not sure whether he was killed at Amiens of Morlancourt. He was recommended for VC and was given DCM.
FateDied of wounds 23 June 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialVignacourt British Cemetery (Plot IV, Row A, Grave No. 8), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Martha and Charles DUNN (stepfather), "Bristol", Salisbury Street, Camperdown, New South Wales. Native of Victoria

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He set a fine example of courage, determined endurance, and devotion to duty during a raid on the enemy's lines. He was doing great execution with a Lewis gun, of which he was in charge when a bomb burst in his face and shot away his lower jaw. Though thus terribly wounded and unable to speak, he stuck to his gun, and continued to cover the retirement of the others and the work of the rescuing parties until weakness from loss of blood compelled him to hand over his gun. He then returned to our line, refusing any assistance. His action in continuing to work his gun was of the utmost assistance in difficult circumstances.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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