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Iven Gifford MACKAY

Date of birth7 April 1882
OccupationUniversity lecturer
AddressKirloa Union Street, North Geelong, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinWife, Mrs I G Mackay, Raymond Terrace, New South Wales
Enlistment date28 July 1914
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit name13th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollColonel
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Infantry Brigade

Lieutenant Colonel

Unit: 1st Infantry Brigade
Promotion date: 18 April 1916

Temporary BGEN

Promotion date: 6 June 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089 (31 December 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61 (23 May 1919).

Mention in Despatches

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

Mention in Despatches

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

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).

FateReturned to Australia 20 December 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*given names two spellings Iven Gifford and Ivan Geffard

Distinguished Service Order

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103
Date: 29 June 1917

DSO and Bar

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While acting as Brigadier, when the brigade on the right was broken into by the enemy, the battalion under his orders counter attacked and assisted to drive out the enemy and restore the position. His action in repelling the counter attack was of the utmost value, and his prompt action and extreme resolution showed leadership of a high order.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Croix de Guerre (France)

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Service Order and Bar, Croix de Guerre (France), 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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