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Walter Edwin DONNELLY

Regimental number9862
Place of birthSurry Hills New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationCarpenter
AddressRomsey Road, Waitara, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinSister, Zelma Donnelly, Romsey Park, Waitara, New South Wales
Enlistment date21 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll12 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name9th Field Company Engineers
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/28/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on 5 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Field Company Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 28 February 1918

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 8 April 1918

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 1 September 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 7 February 1919

FateReturned to Australia 10 May 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty during a continuous period of bridge building along the Somme. Day after day he kept his men together, working under most trying conditions. The shelling was often very heavy, but he never failed to inspire those working under him, and kept them searching out material and erecting bridges.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 42
Date: 20 May 1920

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