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Robert Andrew Peter O'NEILL

Regimental number1720
Place of birthCowra New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressCowra, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth O'Neill, Cowra, New South Wales
Enlistment date18 December 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name54th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/71/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 14 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 4 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 2 June 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For gallantry and skilful leadership at Peronne, 1 and 2 September, 1918. His officer having been wounded in an assault on a strong point, and his platoon badly shaken this N.C.O. reorganized and attacked again, taking prisoner the whole garrison. He then reorganized and carried the final objective.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 35
Date: 15 April 1920

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