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Louis John MATHIAS

Regimental number967
Place of birthWalgett New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressCoolah, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinWife, Mrs H Mathias, Coolah, New South Wales
Enlistment date2 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name33rd Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/50/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 4 May 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll33rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 2 March 1918

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. In action he has proved himself a fearless fighter and a capable and courageous leader. The good influence of his example of devotion to duty and his strong personality is conspicuous in the high esteem in which he is held by his comrades of all ranks. He has been a most successful instructor in bayonet fighting.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Bar to DCM

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. In advancing through a wood this warrant officer with four men captured three enemy strong points, killing three and taking sixteen prisoners. Although cut off from the rest of the company by dense fog, he went on with great dash, and rushed a field gun which was firing over open sights, capturing the gun, killing two gunners and taking two prisoners. His leadership and initiative in the attack and his energy in consolidating were an inspiration to all ranks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal & Bar, Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

After the War he returned to Coolah and became a Soldier Settler on the Oban Estate at Coolah.
Date of death21 June 1965

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