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Herbert Oliver DAVIES

Regimental number1949
Place of birthLaunceston England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressRose Cottage, Scottsdale, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Joseph Davies, Rose Cottage, Scottsdale, Tasmania
Enlistment date18 October 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Light Horse Regiment, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/8/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 5 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Company Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 23 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 23 July 1919

Military Medal

'On the 18th September, 1918, during the advance near LE VERGUIER, this N.C.O. was in charge of a reconnaissance party which accompanied the attacking Infantry. His duties included the search for, and examination of, enemy land and anti-tank mines, booby traps, and mines in dugouts, also water supply. Owing to the urgency of the work the search had to be carried out in spite of heavy shell fire. Corporal DAVIES displayed great energy and fearlessness in pushing the work over the whole area allotted him, and through his keen attention to duty and cool handling of his men, he was able to complete the reconnaissance with despatch and success, thus supplying, early in the operation information of great value.'
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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