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Reginald Norris FRANKLIN

Date of birth18 April 1883
Place of birthSurbiton, Surrey, England
SchoolBorlase School, Great Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBank manager
AddressLismore, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation35
Next of kinWife, Mrs W L Franklin, Tel-el-Saba, Tressider Avenue, Haberfield, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 10 years in C.M.F
Enlistment date19 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentMajor
Unit nameCamel Corps, July 1917 Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number11/14/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board SS Port Darwin on 30 April 1918
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Light Horse Regiment
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No 31938 (11 June 1920); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 72 (2 September 1920)..

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularJoined the Bank of New South Wales, Casino branch, 11 August 1910; transferred to Kyogle branch, 1904; Bangalow branch, 1906; Lismore and Dunoon branch, 1911; Lismore branch, 1912.
FateReturned to Australia 13 March 1919
Date of death6 July 1919
Age at death from cemetery records36
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He displayed great coolness and determination in handling his squadron under heavy fire. At a critical period, when the commanding officer of the regiment had become a casualty, he took command, and though twice wounded, he continued to lead his men and set a magnificent example of courage and resource.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 150
Date: 24 September 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Palestine

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ulysses', 16 February 1918.

Medals: Distinguished service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death6 July 1919
Age at death36
Sources'Bank of New South Wales Roll of Honour', pp. 131-2.
NAA B2455 file 4019788

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