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Ormond William PLEASENTS

Regimental number754
Date of birth10 November 1882
Place of birthBenalla Victoria
OccupationBank accountant
AddressFawkner Mansions, Commercial Road, South Yarra, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinFather, W.B. Pleasents, Fawkner Mansions, Commercial Road, South Yarra, Victoria
Enlistment date16 December 1914
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name4th Light Horse Regiment, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/9/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A13 Katuna on 3 February 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Light Horse Regiment


Unit: Anzac Light Horse
Promotion date: 5 July 1916

FateReturned to Australia 1 July 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*given name two spellings Ormond and Osmond

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near Angre, 0n 5th November 198. When the left flank of the brigade was forced back by hotile machine gun fire in strong posts to the jumping off line, he at once sent out patrols to locate the machine guns, and then went forward himself and, in spite of machine gun and shell fire, reconnoitred the whole position, marking down several machine guns and reporting them to the artillery. The information was so accurate that the guns were quickly knocked out, thus allowing the infantry to advance later with very slight casualties. All through the operations he handled his squadron with great courage and ability, gaining valuable information, and helping the infantry in every possible way.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 30
Date: 25 March 1920

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

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