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Harold Hand DAVIS

Regimental number398
Place of birthLondon England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationRailway shunter
Address58 Lincoln Street, Stanmore, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinR J Davis, Dornton Road, Balham, London, England, SW
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll23 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name2nd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A23 Suffolk on 18 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty, at Meteren between 16 April and 19 May 1918.
Recommendation date: 14 May 1918

FateReturned to Australia 31 March 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Throughout more than three weeks operations this officer continually showed initiative, leadership, and courage. One morning, after a heavy bombardment, his post was strongly attacked for two hours, but the coolness with which he directed the fire inflicted such heavy losses that the attack was abandoned. Another morning, in charge of a party attacking an enemy post, he was held up by direct machine gun fire, but placing a Lewis gun in position he made a bombing attack, and then rushed the post, occupying and consolidating it. He set a fine example to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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