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Edgar James DANIEL

Regimental number2353
Place of birthMelton, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationFarmer
AddressMelton, Yorke's Peninsula, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, John A Daniel, Melton, Yorke's Peninsula, South Australia
Enlistment date20 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Pioneer Battalion, Reinforcement 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/17/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A55 Itria on 14 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 July 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack by 58th Battalion on PERONNE on 2nd September 1918. Before the attack commenced under heavy machine gun fire and shell fire, this N.C.O. went forward on reconnaissance and the valuable information gained by him as to the position of the enemy aided his Company Commander in making his dispositions for the attack. In the attack this N.C.O. led his men with great dash and determination and succeeded in capturing the entire crew of 17 Trench Mortar men. Later in the attack by his dash and determination, single handed he captured a post of 10 men. His splendid leadership enabled his section to bring very effective fire on the enemy inflicting many casualties. His splendid example of leadership and devotion to duty helped greatly in the success of his Company, which secured its final objectives.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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