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Harry DEAN

Regimental number251
Place of birthArmidale New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationHorse driver
AddressStanmore Road, Enmore, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs Alice Dean, Stanmore Road, Enmore, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date18 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 20 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

For devotion to duty at Strazeele on 16 April 1918.
Recommendation date: 25 April 1918

Military Cross

Work near Hargicourt on 11 September 1918.
Recommendation date: 2 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 19 October 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an attack. He took charge of his platoon, and led them with splendid dash. On gaining the enemy trenches, althugh wounded, he reorganized his platoon, and refused to leave. He showed leadership of a very high order, and set a splendid example. Later, under intense artillery and machine gun fire, he acted as guide to parties and reinforcements going up the line.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near Hargicourt on 11th September 1918. During a counter attack on a position gained, his platoon was surrounded by the enemy, but he showed skill, determined courage, and leadership in fighting his way back, and although practically the whole of the platoon became casualties, he succeeded in bringing in most of the wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 20 November 1919

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

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