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Donald Dunbar COUTTS

Place of birthBoort Victoria
OccupationMedical practitioner
AddressBrighton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Coutts, Chatsworth Avenue, Brighton, Victoria
Enlistment date18 November 1916
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit nameMedical Officers
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 22 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Field Ambulance
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

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


Distinguished Service Order

'On the 1st September, 1918, during the attack on Mont St. Quentin, although the R.A.P. was consistently shelled, he attended the wounded almosst continuously for fifty-two hours, during five of which he was forced to wear his gas respirator, displaying throughout the greatest courage and devotion to duty. On the day prior to the attack a shell burst on a dug-out, wounding several men and pressing one down, severely wounded, blocking the entrance. He immediately went forward, regardless of intense shell fire, and succeeded in extricating the man and removing him over exposed ground to the rear.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

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