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Arthur ORR

Regimental number6374
Place of birthN/A New Zealand
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressTottenham, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, G R Orr, Woodlands, Tottenham, New South Wales
Enlistment date4 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 11 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 7 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 18 January 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty during operations against MONT St. QUENTIN, near PERONNE, on 31st August 1918. His platoon was holding an isolated position the flank of another unit. A party of the enemy succeeded in getting into a position 25 yards off, and tried to bomb them out. Private ORR took his Lewis gun to an exposed position on the flank and although subjected to heavy rifle fire, destroyed the enemy Machine gun that they had mounted and inflicted heavy casualties. he kept up covering fire, which enabled the party to move forward and mop up the enemy post. by skilful handling of his Lewis Gun and by his personal courage he assisted materially in clearing up a dangerous position.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death25 October 1966
Place of burialWoronora Crematorium

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