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Ashley Vernon McCANN

Regimental number459
Place of birthYea Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressSpring Hill, Kyneton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, McCann, Berwick, Victoria
Enlistment date18 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/9/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A18 Wiltshire on 19 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Flying Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Dispatches

Recommendation date: "16 Junary 1918

Distinguished Flying Cross

Recommendation date: 23 October 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 25 December 1918


'A keen and gallant officer, who has rendered conspicuous service during recent operations in attacking hostile troops on the ground. On 19th October, he, in company with his pilot, Captain Smith, performed a very gallant act. They engaged a hostile two seater many miles over the enemy lines and drove it down; it appeared to land intact, but the occupants were forced to abandon it owing to machine gun fire. Lieutenant McCann and Captain Smith thereupon landed, and, keeping the enemy officers covered by machine guns, set light to their machine, completely destroying it.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

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