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Lionel William BURNITT

Regimental number997
Place of birthNewcastle New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationCarpenter
AddressCleary Street, Hamilton, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMrs J Burnitt, Cleary Street, Hamilton, New South Wales
Enlistment date19 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameField Ambulance 4, Section A
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A35 Berrima on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 12 June 1917

Unspecified


Mention in Despatches awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29251, 5 August 1915; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133, 28 October 1915.
Recommendation date: Refers 25 April-5 May 1915

FateReturned to Australia 9 February 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'From 25th April to 5th May, 1915, during operations near Gaba Tepe, for exceptionally gallant work and devotion to duty under heavy fire.'
Source: 'London Gazette' No. 6542
Date: 3 July 1915

Military Medal

'From 9th to 11th June, 1917, during operations East of Messines, this man took charge of "A" Section of Bearers after his Sergeant had been wounded. he organised his bearers with conspicuous ability and showed utter disregard of personal danger while working over an area subjected to the most intense shell fire. On one occasion he went back through an Artillery barrage to bring in a wounded comrade. By his coolness and confidence he gave courage to the men working under him. This soldier was awarded the D.C.M. for gallant conduct during the Gallipoli campaign.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSurname incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as BURNETT.

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