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Charles Aloysius DENEHY

ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationStat school teacher
AddressRutherglen, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation35
Next of kinWife, Mrs M Denehy, High Street, Rutherglen, Victoria
Enlistment date24 August 1914
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name7th Battalion, H Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant-Colonel
Unit from Nominal Roll57th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).
Recommendation date: 12 October 1916

Order of the Crown of Italy

Recommendation date: 3 February 1917

Companion of the Distinguished Service Order

Recommendation date: 28 March 1917

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and ability. When in command of a defence which was ceaselessly bombarded he was able, by his courage and fine example, to maintain the spirit of his men in spite of heavy losses, and later he organized and successfully carried through an attack, capturing 187 prisoners, and securing many machine guns and trench mortars.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Bar to DSO

'For conspicuous gallantry during the attack on the Hinderberg line, near Bellicourt, from 29th September, to 2nd October, 1918. On 29th September the task of the Brigade was to pass through other troops who had carried out the initial attack. The latter proved unable to consolidate on their objective, and pushed his battalion forward, and under very heavy fire re-organized other troops as part of his battalion, eventually clearing up the situation. Later in the day he pushed his battalion forward, and subsequently consolidated in the Le Catelet system. Throughout the operations his able leadership was most marked.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 91
Date: 23 July 1919

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Service Orde and Bar, Croix de Guerre (Belgium), 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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