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Alfred George SALISBURY

Date of birth15 February 1885
Place of birthBrisbane, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationArea Officer
AddressBott Street, Sandgate, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinFather, Samuel M Salisbury, Bott Street, Sandgate, Queensland
Enlistment date23 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit name9th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A5 Omrah on 24 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll50th Battalion

Lieutenant Colonel

Unit: 50th Battalion
Promotion date: 18 August 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089 (31 December 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61 (23 May 1919).

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30107 (1 June 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169 (4 October 1917).

FateReturned to Australia 20 June 1919

Distinguished Service Order

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Bar to Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer commanded his battalion in a difficult night operation with great ability. The battalion, having already marched six miles, was ordered to counter attack and retake a village. The ground was strange to every one, and there was no time for reconnaissance, but the approach march and deployment were carried out without a hitch, and the attack was a brilliant success. This officer moved about amongst the men encouraging and directing them, and, finally, established his headquarters in an open trench well forward, which was heavily shelled, but from which he was able to see and control his battalion.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Legion D'Honneur : Croix de Chevalier (France)

'Lieut.-Colonel Salisbury has commanded the 50th Bn from 18 August 1916. As the direct result of his capabilities, energy and enthusiasm, the battalion has been raised to a high state of efficiency. While under his command the battalion has participated in active operations on the Somme, Ypres Salient, Flers and in the recent capture of Noreuil. The success of this latter operation was largely due to Liet-Col Salisbury's thorough preparation and his excellent handling of the battalion during the attack and subsequent consolidation. This officer's habitual cheeriness and devotion to duty has been most pronounced and a great inspiration to all with whom he has come in contact.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Companion of the Order of St Michael & St George

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Service Order, Companion of the Order of St Michael & St George, Croix de Chevalier, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death6 January 1942

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