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David Walter NELLEY

Regimental number6087
Place of birthGeraldton Western Australia
AddressConway Street, Geraldton, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, W H Nelley, Conway Street, Geraldton, Western Australia
Enlistment date23 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 7 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal RollPerm Cadre C/Seas T Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Miltary Medal

'Work near Valleret on 18 September 1918.'
Recommendation date: 23 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 1 June 1919

Military Medal

'Near VILLERET during our attack on the Brown Line on 18th September, 1918, this N.C.O. displayed most conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When his platoon was held up by cross fire from two machine guns at very close range, Corporal NELLEY, taking advantage of shell holes and smoke but under very hot fire all the time, brought his Lewis Gun into action within 15 yards of an enemy gun. A short fire fight ensued in which this N.C.O. by fearlessly exposing himself obtained superiority, enabling his section to move round behind him and capture the two guns and part of their crews.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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