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Bernard DOWNES

Regimental number11756
Other NamesDOWNS
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLetter carrier
AddressCarisbrook, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs F Botten, Carisbrook, Victoria
Enlistment date3 November 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll3 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 2, Reinforcement 14
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/30/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 28 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089 (31 December 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61 (23 May 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 12 June 1919

Military Medal

'This soldier has acted in the cacacity of Brigade Runner for the period 16th/17th September, 1918, to 11th November, 1918, and has at all times without exception exhibited the greatest gallantry, daring and devotion to duty in the delivery of despatches entrusted to him. In this particular time he has never once failed or even delayed delivery, and frequently he has been obliged to pass through heavy barrages of H.E. and gas-shell in the performane of the important duty allotted to him. Further, on several occasions he was the first to volunteer to go out on particularly dangerous runs, thereby showing a devotion to duty and most praiseworthy example to all.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

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

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