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Alexander SLADDIN

Regimental number1015
Place of birthLyndoch South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs Julia Sladdin, Victor Harbour, South Australia
Enlistment date5 March 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 31 May 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollComissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Divisional Signal Company
FateReturned to Australia 25 October 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer led a party for burying cable soon after the attack commenced, and completed his task very speedily though the work was effected through heavy and constant shelling. Through his personal example, splendid disregard of danger and energy the task was completed.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Bar to Military Cross

'On 2nd September 1918, at Halle, near Peronne, he had charge of the cable waggon detachment laying lines from the west side of the river to the brigade forward station. Great difficulty was experienced owing to heavy shell fire. His courage, energy, and skill in this dangerous task, and the splendid example he set his men, were responsible for the lines being ready at zero hour. They were frequently destroyed by shelling, but, as they were actively patrolled by him at the most dangerous places, good communications were kept throughout the whole operations.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

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

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