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Harry Wilson CUMMING

ReligionChurch of England
Address'Huntly', Mont Albert Road, Balwyn
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, Mr J Cumming, 'Huntly', Mont Albert Road, Balwyn
Enlistment date6 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name8th Infantry Brigade, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/8/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

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

Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He showed marked courage and ability in establishing ammunition dumps under fire and in most trying circumstances. He set a splendid example throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103
Date: 29 June 1917

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When the brigade was suddenly ordered to send forward two battalions to take part in an attack, he displayed great zeal and energy in the despatch of these units, spending the greater part of the night under heavy shell fire directing the troops and issuing extra ammunition and stores. Later, he reorganized the supply of ammunition, water, and rations for the front line, personally led the ammunition pack train, and supervised the establishment of forward dumps. Throughout the operations his devotion to duty and cheerful demeanour under trying conditions was a fine example to all.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 137
Date: 30 August 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Cross and Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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