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Malwyn Hayley A'BECKETT

Date of birth4 January 1872
Place of birthWindsor, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressGreenmount, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation44
Next of kinWife, Mrs Mary Edith A'Beckett, 59 Sutherland Road, Armadale, Victoria
Previous military service13th ALH
Enlistment date7 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit name44th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/61/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 6 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll44th Battalion


Unit: 44th Battalion
Promotion date: 30 August 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

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

FateReturned to Australia 6 November 1918

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in charge of a battalion which relieved the attacking troops. He personally carried out a most valuable reconnaissance under most dangerous conditions, clearing up an obscure situation, and then established a very strong system of posts as a front line of defence. He set a splendid example of courage and resource.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 150
Date: 24 September 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Enlisted, 7 March 1916; taken on strength, 44th Bn, 7 March 1916.

Wounded (remained on duty), 4 October 1917.

Medals: Distinguished Service Order, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death10 January 1959

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