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Horace Robert Young McGUIGAN

Regimental number241
Place of birthMaryborough Queensland
Other NamesDCM
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarmer
AddressEdmonton, Cairs, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinBrother, William John McGuigan, Edmonton, Cairns, Queensland
Enlistment date5 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentBATMAN
Unit name5th Light Horse Regiment, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/10/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board TRANSPORT A34 Persic on 21 December 1914
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board TRANSPORT A44 Vestalia on 19 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
FateReturned to Australia 25 November 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)1st Field Squadron Engineers
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Queensland Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'During the period 15 to 21 March 1918, he assisted in a number of reconnaissances necessary for the exact siting of the Makhadet Hajla Bridge, showing absolute disregard for enemy fire. During the night of the crossing 21-22 March, he set a fine example of coolness in rafting over the covering party, under close fire, and later his energy and skill during the bridging largely contributed to the success of the operation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Date of death17 July 1963

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