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David Henry SCOTT

Regimental number5086
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationShop assistant
AddressDalton Park, Cobar, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, D D Scott, Dalton Park, Cobar, New South Wales
Enlistment date6 October 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll27 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentActing Corporal
Unit name20th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on 5 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 6 July 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He accompanied an officer on patrol and surprised and captured the garrison of an enemy post. Several times he was instrumental in locating enemy posts, in some cases rushing them single handed and capturing the occupants. He also did most valuable work in helping to establish the new line, which was advanced some hundreds of yards. He showed great courage and initiative.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Meritorious Service Medal

'South of Strazeele, on the morning of 11th July, 1918, this N.C.O. accompanied an officer on patrol, moving out some hundreds of yards in advance of our line. Returning, an enemy post was located and the garrison surprised and captured. After returning to our lines this N.C.O. went out repeatedly on the same errand. He was instrumental in many cases in alone locating enemy posts, and in some cases rushed them single handed, the occupants surrendering, in one instance after the enemy had first offered resistance. He continued to carry on this work for some hours, and afterwards did most valuable work in helping to establish our new line, which was advanced some hundreds of yards. Throughout the whole morning he displayed the greatest courage and devotion to duty, as well as initiative, and this is only a continuance of the good work he has always done.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 173
Date: 7 November 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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