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Edward James McNABB

Date of birth17 November 1878
Place of birthNew South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationDrover
AddressGuyra, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation36
Height5' 11"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Florence Dora McNabb, Guyra, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 1 year 5 months with the 3rd New South Wales Mounted Rifles, South Africa (Boer War).
Enlistment date14 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name18th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
Promotions

Captain


Unit: 8th Battalion
Promotion date: 1 July 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


'For exceptionally conscientious work and devotion to duty as Brigade Transport Officer ever since landing in France ... He is absolutely fearless in the execution of his duty and nightly at Pozieres conducted his transport convoy through the enemy's barrage of Shells in Sausage Valley, with coolness combined with pluck and dash.'
Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).
Recommendation date: 19 September 1916

Military Cross


'For constant devotion to duty as Brigade Transport Officer. He has acted as Transport Officer since the formation of the Brigade. Since coming to France his work has been of a very high standard. He has done excellent work in the forward areas, in all sorts of conditions of weather, both by day and night, and on many occasions under hell fire. Despite this he discharged every duty faithfully and well. Owing to his close personal supervision the animals have been kept in excellent condition, and with two or three exceptions they are same horses as have been on the battalion establishment since 1915.'
Recommendation date: 9 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 3 March 1919
Medals

Military Cross


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57
Date: 18 April 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death14 May 1950
Age at death71
SourcesNAA: B2455, McNABB Edward James

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