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Donald Roy McGREGOR

Regimental number1726
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressAmbathalla Station via Charleville, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs Charlotte Wilson, Ambathalla Station via Charleville, Queensland
Enlistment date10 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name42nd Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/59/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 5 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (Altered from Distinguished Conduct Medal)

Recommendation date: 13 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 11 May 1919

Military Medal

'On the 6th September, 1918, during operations East of PERONNE, whilst the Platoon was advancing to its objective in the darkness through a swamp, Private McGREGOR, who was carrying four magazines of Lewis Gun ammunition, was wounded by enemy Machine Gun fire through the wrist, unknown to the rest of the team. This caused him to fall back momentarily and he lost touch with the team. Despite the pain and weakness from loss of blood, he pushed forward on his own, and at daylight sighted his section in action. The rest of the Platoon was held up and it was imperative that the gun should be kept in action. Private McGREGOR advanced with the ammunition under heavy enemy machine gun and rifle fire, and reached the gun with the ammunition intact. This enabled the gun to keep in action and allowed the advance to continue. He went forward again with the Platoon, and refused to go to the Dressing Station until ordered to do so by his Platoon Officer. His conduct throughout the day won the admiration of all ranks.'
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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