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Walter John Clare DUNCAN

Date of birth27 January 1894
Place of birthInverell New South Wales
OccupationBank accountant
AddressBank of NSW, Gunnedah, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, W S Duncan,Duzalpine, Inverell, New South Wales
Enlistment date7 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name33rd Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/50/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 4 May 1916


Unit: 33rd Battalion
Promotion date: 1 November 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 14 June 1917

Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (Altered from Bar to Military Cross)

Recommendation date: 8 April 1918

Bar to Companion of the Distinguished Service Order

Recommendation date: "7 and 12 September 1918"

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).

Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while commanding a company. Troops on his left were being pressed back, but his fine dash and accurate fire caused the enemy to withdraw, leaving him in an excellent defence position. Later in the day he led his company in a counter attack in conjunction with the cavalry, and again drove the enemy back, inflicting heavy casualties. Early next morning his company made an advance of 600 yards, and materially improved the position. He kept headquarters constantly informed with useful information.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

DSO and Bar

'For conspicuous gallantry throughout the operations south west of Bouchavesnes on 31st August, 1918. He commanded his company brilliantly, and in face of strong opposition and heavy fire captured some 200 prisoners, ten machine guns, and four trench mortars. Throughout the whole operation he displayed wonderful dash and courage, and by his fine leadership succeeded against seemingly overwhelming odds.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led the assault with great courage killing three of the enemy himself. He remained in the new line without relief for eight hours until severely wounded, greatly inspiring his own men by his wonderful cheerfulness and coolness under continuous heavy shell fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Other detailsWar service: Western Front Medals: Military Cross, Distinguished Service Order and Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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