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Robert CUMMING

Regimental number78
Date of birth--/04/1895
Place of birthGlasgow Scotland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationBoilermaker's apprentice
AddressAirdie, Lawson Street, Rozelle, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs L Cumming, Airdrie, Lawson Street, Rozelle, Sydney New South Wales
Enlistment date24 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, Machine Gun Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board TRANSPORT A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal RollPermanent Staff List
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: 1 MG Btn
Promotion date: 18 October 1917

Lieutenant


Unit: 1 MG Btn
Promotion date: 1 August 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement, No. 29354 (5 November 1915); 'Commonwealth Gazette', No. 12 (27 January 1916).

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Courage and initiative while in charge of sub-section of machine guns, rendering valuable services, and showing fine example. (Demicourt 23 April).
Recommendation date: 23 April 1917

FateReturned to Australia 10 May 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He handled his machine guns with the greatest skill, and materially assisted in repelling an enemy attack.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death4 November 1963

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