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Alfred Douglas TEMPLE

Regimental number938
Date of birth--/01/1892
Place of birthServiceton Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressIngor Street, Ararat, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMrs J M Temple, Ingor Street, Ararat, Victoria
Enlistment date18 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, H Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF8
Promotion date: 6 September 1916


Unit: INF8
Promotion date: 28 May 1917

FateReturned to Australia 13 July 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in an attack. When the advance was held up by heavy fire from a 'pill-box' he went forward alone, bombed the machine gun and enabled the advance to continue. He took command of a company when all the officers became casualties, and led them forward to the final objective. Later, when all communications were out and the runners casualties, he carried important information through an intense enemy barrage. He showed the greatest courage, and set a splendid example to his men throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 137
Date: 30 August 1918

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and initiative near Chuignes on 23rd August 1918. When the situation in front became obsecure through officer and other casualties he went forward, and, finding the troops without their officers were becoming disorganized, he rallied them and led them in a bayonet charge, carrying the position and capturing prisoners and machine guns. He then linked up with the flanks, and kept on the move, reconnoitring and steadying men who had lost their officers.'
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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