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Alfred Osland BILSON

Place of birthWangaratta, Victoria
AddressTara via Dalby, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, James Alfred Bilson, Tara via Dalby, Queensland
Enlistment date15 September 1916
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name52nd Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/69/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 27 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll50th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: "Refers 8-10 June 1917"

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularWon the Military Cross at Messines Ridge, Belgium.
FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When in charge of a line of outposts they were blown in, and he skillfully withdrew his men to their position, when he reorganized them again and worked them forward later. He afterwards led his company with fine skill and judgement through an enemy barrage and got them into the front line, where he gained considerable ground by working to a flank. He displayed untiring energy in both of these operations.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Family/military connectionsBrother: 2858 Pte David Leslie BILSON, 52nd Bn, killed in action, Messines Ridge, 9 June 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death22 May 1968

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