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Regimental number319
Place of birthRoxburghshire Scotland
Address47 Palmer Street, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation37
Next of kinCousin, Cecil Childs, 47 Palmer Street, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date10 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name19th Battalion, A Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'During the attack on the Beaurevoir Line, north of St. Quentin, on 3 October, 1918, he displayed marked gallantry and initiative in dealing with the enemy. When his company advanced after being temporarily held up by severe enemy machine gun fire, he was first to reach the objective trench and successfully attacked two machine gun posts in succession, capturing twelve prisoners and two machine guns. With seven men he then continued to mop up about 150 yards of the enemy trench, and captured a further 32 prisoners during this operation. He did excellent work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 20
Date: 19 February 1920

Military Medal

'This N.C.O. showed splendid courage and bravery during the operations on morning of 11th August, 1918 against RAINECOURT, East of AMIENS. With disregard of personal danger, he personally attacked a machine gun position, killing the crew and carrying the gun to the objective line where he mounted it for use against the enemy. Having reached the objective he volunteered and went forward on a reconnaissance in the face of heavy machine gun fire in order to establish the position of his Company.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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