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David Lawford CHESSELL

Regimental number689
Place of birthWilliamstown, Victoria
AddressVictoria Parade, Claremont, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFather, Chas Chessell, Victoria Parade, Claremont, Western Australia
Enlistment date5 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
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 RollWarrant Officer (Class I)
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Division Headquarters
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)


Recommendation date: 6 March 1918

FateReturned to Australia 30 April 1919

Meritorious Service Medal

'Warrant Officer D.L. CHESSELL, Headquarters 3rd Australian Division, has served in the General Staff Office, since the arrival of the Division in FRANCE. Since 20th September, 1917, he as been the Senior Clerk, and has carried out his duties in a most satisfactory and painstaking manner. The preparation incidental to the Division's participation in the Third Battle of YPRES imposed a severe strain on the Clerical Staff, and the highly efficient manner in which the staff performed its duties was largely due to the energy and cheerfulness displayed by W.O. CHESSELL. This Warrant Officer's services and devotion to duty are deserving of special recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

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

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