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Aubrey Roy Liddon WILTSHIRE

Date of birth28 May 1891
Place of birthLongwood, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
Address14 Airlie Avenue, Armidale, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 10.5"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs S Wiltshire, 14 Airlie Avenue, Armidale, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed as Corporal, Senior Cadets; currently serving as 2nd Lieutenant, 56th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date24 March 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name22nd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant-Colonel
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
Promotions

Captain


Unit: 22nd Battalion
Promotion date: 1 May 1915

Major


Unit: 22nd Battalion
Promotion date: 11 October 1916

Lieutenant Colonel


Unit: 22nd Battalion
Promotion date: 10 June 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 30706 (28 May 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165 (24 October 1918).

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089 (31 December 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61 (23 May 1919).

Mention in Despatches


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

FateReturned to Australia 7 July 1919
Medals

Distinguished Service Order


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 173
Date: 7 November 1918

Companion of the Order of St Michael & St George


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Military Cross


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103
Date: 29 June 1917

Discharge date11 November 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 30 August 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria ex Mudros, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France (date not recorded).

Mentioned by Lt General Sir W.R. Birdwood, 1 July 1916, for taking part in a successful raid on the German lines on the night of 29/30 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 27 July 1916 (gun shot wound, left thigh: slight); admitted to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, 28 July 1916; transferred to 20th General Hospital, Camiers, 28 July 1916; to England, 3 August 1916, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth; discharged, 25 August 1916; taken on strength, No 1 Command Depot, 14 September 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France (date not recorded); resumed duty with 22nd Bn, 27 September 1916.

Promoted Major, 11 October 1916.

Awarded Military Cross.

Granted temporary rank of Lt Colonel while commanding 22nd Bn, 10 June 1917.

Promoted Lt Colonel, 10 June 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 1 January 1918; returned from leave and resumed command, 2 February 1918.

Specially mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig's Despatch of 7 April 1918.

Awarded the Distinguished Service Order.

Assumed temporary command of 6th Brigade, 16 October 1918.

Resumed regimental duty with 22nd Bn, 27 November 1918.

Assumed temporary command of 6th Brigade, 24 February 1919; resumed command of 22nd Bn, 21 March 1919.

Marched out for return to Australia, 16 May 1919; marched in to No 2 Group, Sutton Veny, 17 May 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Chemnitz', 7 July 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 17 July 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), Melbourne, 11 November 1919.

Medals: Military Cross, Distinguished Service Order, Companion of the Order of St Michael & St George, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WILTSHIRE Aubrey Roy Liddon

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