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Arthur Leslie VARLEY

Regimental number3495
Date of birth--/10/1893
ReligionChurch of England
AddressArmidale, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, W A Varley, Armidale, New South Wales
Enlistment date24 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 13 October 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll45th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF45
Promotion date: 12 March 1916


Unit: INF45
Promotion date: 18 August 1916


Unit: Staff 12 INF Bde
Promotion date: 7 July 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 16 June 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When two companies had become disorganized under heavy shell fire and had lost all their officers, he went forward and organized them. He afterwards did most valuable work in organizing a counter-attack, and his coolness under fire and utter disregard of personal danger was most marked throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an attack. He went forward through heavy fire, supervised the collection of ammunition, water, and material, and delivered them to the battalion holding the captured position, thus supplying them with sufficient to hold off an enemy counter attack. By his courage and initiative he rendered very valuable service.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

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

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