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Henry BACHTOLD

Date of birth22 August 1891
OccupationEngineering draughtsman
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMrs A E Bachtold, 'Merton', Bridge Street, Drummoyne, New South Wales
Enlistment date23 September 1914
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name1st Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 1
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant-Colonel
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Division Engineers
Promotions

Major


Unit: Staff 3rd Division
Promotion date: 19 April 1916

Temporary LTCOL


Promotion date: 8 June 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated. 'London Gazette', Supplement, No. 29354, 5 November 1915; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 12 27 January 1916.
Recommendation date: 26 June 1915

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 27 January 1916

Distinguished Service Order


Recommendation date: 3 August 1916

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', third Supplement, No. 29789, 17 October 1916; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62, 19 April 1917.
Recommendation date: 12 August 1916

Distinguished Service Order


Recommendation date: 4 October 1917

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement, No. 31089, 31 December 1918; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61, 23 May 1919.
Recommendation date: 30 September 1918

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 27 January 1916

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448, 28 December 1917; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57, 18 April 1918.

FateReturned to Australia 21 May 1919
Medals

Military Cross


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 12
Date: 27 January 1916

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. In daylight under fire and under direct observation by the enemy, he marked out the assembly positions for the attack by his brigade. During the attack he personally reconnoitred the whole brigade position, and organized the work of consolidation. His personal courage and his skill in grasping the situation were of the highest order.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 120
Date: 7 August 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Service Order, Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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