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Robert Alexander DAY

Regimental number6001
Place of birthRosario Argentine Republic
ReligionChurch of England
Addressc/o R Day, Southernwoods Selection, Withersfield Siding QCR, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Day, Southernwoods Selection, Withersfield Siding QCR, Queensland
Enlistment date2 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A50 Itonus on 8 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPay Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Bar to Distinguished Conduct Medal

Work at Cerisy on 8 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 11 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 May 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty During the battalion's tour of duty in the line, this N.C.O. obtained much useful and accurate information by daring patrol work. He also took charge of a bombing party, and drove the enemy from a troublesome post near our line..
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operation near JEANCOURT ON 18th September, 1918. At one stage of the advance this N.C.O. single handed rushed a machine gun which was firing on the advancing troops - he bayoneted two of the crew and captured the remainder. Later, when a platoon was temporarily hung up he collected two men and rushed the enemy from a flank capturing the garrison of 10 men. His daring leadership was most inspiring to his Company.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75
Date: 17 June 1919

MM Bar

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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