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Richard Saunders SWINBOURNE

Regimental number2690
Date of birth--/09/1892
Place of birthPetersham New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationWool scourer
AddressTonga, Murray Street, Croydon, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs E E Swinbourne, Tonga, Murray Street, Croydon, New South Wales
Enlistment date29 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 9 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. His platoon took part in an attack on an enemy strong point. Thanks to his personal reconnaissance and skilful leading, the objective was ained with only one casualty, an important trench system cleared, and ten prisoners taken.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

Commissioned, 9 September 1916. Promoted Lieutenant, 18 April 1917.

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

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