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Joseph Henry DUNCAN

Regimental number6501
Place of birthMoruya New South Wales
OccupationDairy farmer
AddressPost Office, Eurobodalla, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, J. Duncan, Eurobodalla, New South Wales
Enlistment date17 June 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll6 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 21st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 7 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollActing Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 23 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 11 May 1919

Military Medal

'During the advance on the 18th September, 1918, near LE VERGUIER, Corporal Duncan's work was of a consistently high order throughout the action. Early in the day he went forward with one man to reconnoitre his Company front and came back with valuable information and 12 prisoners. he then, with a patrol of our, endeavoured to get in touch with the Battalion on our right, and again came into contact with the enemy. These attempted to escape, but Duncan moving with great speed cut off their retreat and brought back over 40 prisoners. He kept control of his men and maintained his direction under most difficult conditions and at all times set a most inspiring example.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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