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Herbert Reginald DENSON

ReligionChurch of England
OccupationElectrical engineer
AddressSouth Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, H E Denson, South Perth, Western Australia
Enlistment date14 December 1914
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name28th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia,
30 Officers and 982 Other Ranks embarked at Fremantle on HMAT A11 'Ascanius' on 29 June 1915; 12 others embarked at Fremantle on HMAT A36 'Thirty-Six' on 12 July 1916. From Embarkation Records it is not possible to distinguish the latter 12.
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Light Horse Regiment
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Companion of the Distinguished Service Order


Recommendation date: 30 September 1918

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No 31938 (11 June 1920); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 72 (2 September 1920).

FateReturned to Australia 24 July 1919
Medals

Distinguished Service Order

'For distinguished gallantry, devotion toduty, and marked initiative at Nablus, on the 21st September, 1918. He was in charge of the advanced squadron, and by his initiative and dash he cleared the gardens covering the road of machine guns, which resulted in the capture of the town and many hundreds of prisoners. He led the charge through the town in person.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920

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