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Horace Smith MACLEAN

Regimental number517
Place of birthCapertee New South Wales
OccupationStation hand
AddressTrafalgar, Toongabbie, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinFather, Donald Martin Maclean, Trafalgar, Toongabbie, New South Wales
Enlistment date20 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll4 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name36th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/53/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 13 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll33rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 July 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations 8th August to 2nd October, 1918. Sergeant MACLEAN has greatly distinguished himself in the four recent engagements in which the Battalion has taken part. At ACCROCHE WOOD, on August 8th, he led his platoon through the dense fog with skill and determination, and assisted in the capture of many prisoners. On August 22nd near BRAY-surSOMME he displayed splendid leadership and the greatest fearlessness. When a defensive flank had to be formed owing to a withdrawal on our left he handled his platoon with great judgment and courage. He again did very fine work when in charge of a platoon on August 31st near MARRIERES WOOD. He displayed initiative, resource and courage of a high order. In the operations from September 29th to October 2nd near BONY, Sergeant MACLEAN again distinguished himself by his forceful leadership, his coolness under the heaviest fire, and his utter contempt of danger. This Non Commissioned Officer rendered valuable and consistently good service throughout these operations.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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