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Lachlan Alfred William MACPHERSON

ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationGrazier
AddressWillia Ploma Station, Gundagai, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinBrother, E A McPherson, Wilklia Ploma Station, Gungagai, New South Wales
Enlistment date8 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name8th Light Horse Regiment, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/13/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 9 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Light Horse Regiment
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No 31938 (11 June 1920); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 72 (2 September 1920).

FateReturned to Australia 10 July 1919
Medals

Distinguished Service Order

'For gallantry and smart leadership at Tiberias on the 25th September, 1918. He was sent forward with his squadron in advance of the Brigade to reconnoitre, and, on finding the place lightly held, he made his disposals, quickly capturing the twon, and a number of prisoners and motor and horst transport. The information sent back enabled the advance to proceed more quickly than was anticipated.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He personally led the bombers under him until all the bombs were expended, and when compelled to retire to a ridge in rear he rallied his men and stemmed the advance of the enemy on two occasions. Thereupon reorganizing all the troops in the vicinity, he quickly made his portion of the line secure before the enemy could again attack. His gallantry, fine leadership and efficiency proved of the greatest value.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 191
Date: 12 December 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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