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William CRUICKSHANK

Regimental number608
Place of birthWarranambool Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressJumbunna, South Gippsland, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinJames Cruickshank, Jumjbunna, South Gippsland, Victoria
Enlistment date17 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Light Horse Regiment, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/9/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A43 Barunga on 22 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Light Horse Regiment
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


London Gazette 3 June 1918.
Recommendation date: 2 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 22 February 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During a reconnaissance he and his party of four were heavily shelled, and were always under hostile observations. Nevertheless, he carried out his mission with the greatest courage and a total disregard of all danger, measuring every well and cistern, and locating enemy day posts and watering places.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

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