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Malcolm Gordon MURCHISON

Regimental number5726
Place of birthClaremont Western Australia
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationAgent
AddressArnold Street, Newtown, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, W Murchison, 'Gowrie', Arnold Street, Newtown, Tasmania
Previous military service40th Battery Australian Field Artillery
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 3, Reinforcement 11
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/31/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Mining Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (awarded)


'Great gallantry and devotion to duty whilst in charge of party of trench mortar personnel, enabling valuable services to be rendered.' (At Westhoek 18-19 September 1917.)
Recommendation date: 23 September 1917

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Medals

Military Medal

'These Mortars were required to demolish two enemy strong points which were a menace to our attack. The work was accomplished in spite of very heavy hostile barrage throughout the night. Thirty six rounds of 9.45 and 44 rounds of 6 inch Newton were fired by 8.20 a.m. and the strong points sucessfully engaged. These N.C.O.s showed a magnificent example and great determination throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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