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David BYRNE

Regimental number4451
Place of birthKensington, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationTailor
AddressWarrnambool, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, M Byrne, Warrnambool, Victoria
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 18 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal RollAnzac Cyclists' Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Meritorious Service Medal


Recommendation date: 6 March 1918

FateReturned to Australia 29 May 1919
Medals

Meritorious Service Medal

'For gallant service rendered. During the period September, 1917, to February, 1918, Sergeant BYRNE has performed consistently good work, and has always been distinguished for his devotion to duty. As Lewis Gun Sergeant he has given excellent service, both in instructing and in supervising the work of the guns while on anti aircraft detachment in forward areas. During the month of December, 1917, and the early part of January, 1918, whilst with the II ANZAC Corps Cyclist Battalion who were engaged in burying cables in forward areas. Sergeant BYRNE was entrusted with the difficult task of getting the cables up to the buries. Despite weather difficulties, and on many occasions, hostile shelling, Sergeant BYRNE never on any occasion, failed to get the cable up. Sergeant BYRNE holds a 1st Class Lewis Gun Instructors Certificate, gained at G.H.Q. Lewis Gun School.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 2337 Pte James Patrick BYRNE, 2nd Pioneer Bn, returned to Australia, 11 January 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Meritorious Service Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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