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Finlay O'Neill McRAE

Regimental number1775
Place of birthMonga New South Wales
OccupationTram driver
Address31 Llandaff Street, Waverley, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation34
Next of kinWife, Mrs L A McRae, 31 Llandaff Street, Waverley, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date17 December 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 December 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Light Horse Field Ambulance, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/39/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A6 Clan Mccorquodale on 6 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollWarrant Officer (Class II)
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Light Horse Field Ambulance
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement, No. 29354 (5 November 1915); 'Commonwealth Gazette', No. 12 (27 January 1916).

FateReturned to Australia 30 August 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous bravery on 8th August, 1915, on the Gallipoli Peninsula. He was, with others, sheltering in a sap when calls for help from some wounded were heard. In spite of very rapid and accurate shell fire, he went out and succeeded in bringing four wounded men back to safety. A sergeant who accompanied him was killed while they were carrying in the second wounded man, but, undeterred, he continued his work until all within reach were rescued.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 28
Date: 24 February 1916

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Middle East

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

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