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Regimental number4483
Address1 Robert Street, Footscray, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs Selese McConnochie, 1 Robert Street, Footscray, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date12 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentActing Sergeant
Unit name21st Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Orontes on 29 March 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross (Altered to Mention in Despatches)

Recommendation date: "14 October 1917

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 21 October 1918"

Mention in Despatches

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

FateReturned to Australia 10 April 1919

Military Cross

'During the attack on Montbrehain, on 5th October 1918, on the company commander becoming a casualty he took command and led the company forward until held up by heavy machine gun fire. He immediately rushed it, bayoneted an officer and took the crew prisoners. On gaining his objective he made a reconnaissance, and established posts. Having collected a quantity of captured enemy guns, he placed these in advantageous positions in his posts, where they were used with great effect on the enemy. Throughout his work was of the highest order.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 30
Date: 25 March 1920

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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