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Paul Joseph McGINNESS

Regimental number324
Place of birthWarrnambool, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationGrazier
AddressRiverview, Framlingham, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs C McGinness, Riverview, Framlingham, Victoria
Enlistment date17 September 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Light Horse Regiment, B Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/13/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A16 Star Of Victoria on 25 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Flying Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Refers 13 April 1916.
Recommendation date: Unspecified

Unspecified


Refers July-August 1918.
Recommendation date: Unspecified

FateReturned to Australia 5 March 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry. He did good scouting work, and showed great powers of leadership during operations.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 21 September 1916

Distinguished Flying Cross

'A bold and gallant airman, who has displayed marked initiative and skill in attacking and destroying enemy aircraft, notably on 24th August, when, with his observer, he crashed two enemy machines in an engagement against heavy odds. He has also carried out successful attacks on enemy aerodromes, inflicting heavy casualties and causing serious damage.
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Palestine

Medals: Distinguished Flying Cross, Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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