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Roy SKINNER

ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCivil servant
Address45 Railway Parade, Mt Lawley, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, James Skinner, 45 Railway Parade, Mt Lawley, Western Australia
Previous military service88th Infantry
Enlistment date20 March 1916
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant (Honorary Lieutenant)
Unit name44th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/61/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 6 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll44th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 June 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During an advance, finding that there were no troops on his left, he showed great skill in forming a defensive flank, thus securing his own position and also that of the brigade. He afterwards brought his flank forward and established his company of the original objective. He displayed the greatest gallantry and coolness under severe artillery fire, setting a very fine example to his men. He has on other occasions rendered valuable service by patrolling 'No Man's Land' and gaining information.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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