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Rod DUCK

Regimental number1711
Place of birthHawker, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs Augusta Duck, Leigh Creek, South Australia
Enlistment date2 September 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 11 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty near VILLERS BRETONNEUX on 3rd May, 1918, when in charge of a Lewis gun team. In spite of heavy casualties from enemy fire he saw that his gun and ammunition got through safely. When the "mopping up" party were at work he posted his gun and maintained his position under heavy machine gun fire putting at least one enemy gun out of action and causing many casualties. He kept his gun in action and covered the retirement of his party until almost surrounded and then succeeded in getting it back intact to our lines although under heavy fire all the time. His coolness and bravery were magnificent under very trying circumstances.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death13 February 1946
Age at death55
Place of burialAIF Cemetery, West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia

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