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Michael Henry DOWNEY

Place of birthMount Pleasant, Victoria
OccupationMedical practitioner
AddressGreen Hill Road, Parkside, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation38
Next of kinWife, Mrs Eva Agnes Downey, Green Hill Road, Parkside, South Australia
Previous military service31st Australian Army Medical Corps
Enlistment date10 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant-Colonel
Unit name11th Field Ambulance
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/54/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 31 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant-Colonel
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Medical Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Companion of the Distinguished Service Order

Conspicuous ability and devotion to duty at Ploegsteert Wood 7 June 1917.
Recommendation date: 1 October 1917

Mention in Despatches

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

Mention in Despatches

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

FateReturned to Australia 16 March 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Anne DOWNEY

Distinguished Service Order

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57
Date: 18 April 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Service Order, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death17 April 1933
Age at death54
Place of burialWest Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia

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