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Sidney Richard MURDOCH

Regimental number233
Place of birthWindsor, New South Wales
SchoolFort Street High School, Sydney, New South Wales
OccupationEngineer's apprentice
AddressPaddington, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, John Murdoch, 'Arnleigh', Clissold Street, Katoomba, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed 4.6 years in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date20 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

DCM (altered to Mention In Despatches)

Recommendation date: 17 August 1917

Mention in Despatches

Awarded and gazetted, 'London Gazette' No. 30448, second Supplement (25 December 1917), and 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).
Recommendation date: 20 September 1917

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 2, 8 March 1918

FateKilled in Action 3 September 1918
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialPeronne Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot III, Row B, Grave No. 8), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Mary MURDOCH, 'Arnleigh', Clissold Street, Katoomba, New South Wales

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This N.C.O. has distinguished himself by his coolness under fire and disregard of danger on many occasions. Once when in charge of a platoon burying cable, seeing that the party who were caught in a very heavy barrage were becoming uneasy, he jumped out of the trench, and, walking along the top, cheerfully encouraged and steadied his men. His example of courage and devotion to duty held his platoon together and undoubtedly saved many lives.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Other details

War service: embarked from Sydney, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 11 December 1915. Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 17 March 1917; 9 August 1918.

Promoted Corporal, 8 September 1916; Sergeant, 2 March 1917; commissioned, 1 May 1918.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MURDOCH Sidney Richard

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