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Roland David NEWITT

Regimental number53
Place of birthSorell Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTramway
Address94 Charles Street, Launceston, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinBrother, E V Newitt, Mount Pleasant, Sorrell, Tasmania
Enlistment date21 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, Machine Gun Section
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 31 January 1918
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led his platoon with great gallantry and skill, repelling the enemy and capturing a machine gun and inflicting many losses.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Re-embarked from Melbourne as 2nd Lt, 12th Bn, 21st Reinforcement, on board HMAT A23 'Suffolk', 30 September 1916.

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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