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Richard John GARCIA

Regimental number197
Place of birthYarraville Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressGrey Street, Yarraville, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation34
Next of kinWife, Mrs Catherine Garcia, Grey Street, Yarraville, Victoria
Enlistment date21 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 30706 (28 May 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165 (24 October 1918).

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry. He volunteered, and went out alone by daylight to prevent an enemy patrol observing the approach of a raiding party. Later he joined in the raid, took command of a party when the officer had become a casualty, and did fine work in the enemy's trenches till disabled by shrapnel.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 176
Date: 30 November 1916

Military Medal

'For great, gallantry and devotion to duty during the Battalions tour of duty in the Gapard Sector beyond Messines 8/14th August 1917. This N.C.O. was platoon Sergeant in the No 3 outpost, and was instrumental in organising the post and arranging mutually supporting cross fire from the Lewis Guns in the Flank Posts. He supervised the patrolling and laid a system of guiding wires to and from the outpost. His judgments and experience inspired the remainder of the personnel and his careful setting and arrangement, of the Lewis Guns enabled the posh twice for inflict, severe casualties on the enemy wiring parties which previously had been dead ground.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 1119
Date: 14 February 1918

Other detailsMedals: Militry Medal, Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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