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Stanley Robert McDOUGALL

Regimental number4061
Place of birthRicherer Tasmania
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationBlacksmith
AddressRecherche, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 5.5"
Weight179 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs A. McDougall, Recherche, Tasmania
Enlistment date30 August 1915
Place of enlistmentClaremont, Tasmania
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT RMS Orontes on 24 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 24 August 1918
Medals

Victoria Cross

'For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when the enemy attacked our line, and his first wave succeeded in gaining an entrance. Sergeant McDougall, who was at a post in a flank company, realized the situation, and at once charged the enemy's second wave single handed with rifle and bayonet killing seven and capturing a machine gun which they had. This he turned on to them, firing from the hip, causing many casualties and routing the wave. He then turned his attention to those who had entered, until his ammunition ran out, all the time fiing at close quarters, when he seized a bayonet and charged again, killing three men and one enemy officer, who was just about to kill one of our officers. He used a Lewis gun on the enemy, killing many, and enabling us to capture 33 prisoners. The prompt action of this non-commissioned officer saved the line and enabled the enemy's advance to be stopped.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 150
Date: 24 September 1918

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at DERNANCOURT South West of ALBERT on 5th April 1918 during heavy enemy attack, he took a Lewis Gun to a very exposed position where he could enfilade enemy at close quarters up to 30 yards. he maintained his gun until ti was pierced by a bullet, then crawled 300 yards, got another gun and returned to his post in "No Man's Land" where he was responsible for many dead. Later during our counter-attack he organised a platoon after the officer was killed and led them in the attack. He is absolutely fearless and his contempt of danger is amazing as right throughout his conduct has been of a similar high standard.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Discharge date15 December 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 47th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 3 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 9 June 1916.Admitted to 8th Field Ambulance, 2 January 1917; transferred to New Zealand Stationary Hospital, Amiens, 10 January 1917 (myalgia); to 10th General Hospital, Rouen, 13 January 1917; to 2nd Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 15 January 1917; to 4th Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 20 January 1917; rejoined unit, 6 February 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 27 February 1917 (STA of feet); discharged to duty and rejoined unit, 5 March 1917.

Admitted to 2nd Stationary Hospital, 21 March 1917; transferred to 16th General Hospital, Le Treport, 22 March 1917 (mumps); transferred to 4th Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 11 April 1917; rejoined unit, 19 April 1917.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 19 August 1917; Corporal, 19 September 1917; Temporary Sergeant, 2 November 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 3 July 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 16 July 1917.

Promoted sergeant, 23 January 1918.

On leave, 20 February 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 8 March 1918.

Awarded Victoria Cross.

Awarded Military Medal.

Detached to GHQ Lewis Gun School, Le Touquet, 8 May 1918; rejoined unit from detachment, 20 May 1918.

Transferred to 48th Bn, 28 May 1918.

Proceeded to Administrative Headquarters for furlough to Australia; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 22 August 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Medic', 24 August 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 11 October 1918, for onward travel to Tasmania; discharged, 15 December 1918.

Medals: Victoria Cross, Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death7 July 1968
Place of burialNorwood Park Crematorium