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Victor Roy HAINES

Regimental number1312
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFireman
AddressEast Brunswick, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie E Haines, 14 Church Street,East Brunswick, Victoria
Enlistment date2 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name39th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/56/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 27 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll39th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 7 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 September 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'On the 29 September, 1918, east of Ronssoy, when his company was held up by heavy machine gun fire, he led a patrol to a position several hundred yards in advance of the line occupied by the company, and located several enemy machine guns, which he immediately engaged with his Lewis guns. This caused the enemy to withdraw, and enabled the company to advance. Immediately they reached their new positions he volunteered to lead another patrol to reconnoitre a sunken road about 400 yards ahead. He was out for three hours under continuous and heavy fire, and then returned with most valuable information as to the position of enemy's posts. His cool courage and initiative throughout the operations were conspicuous.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 20
Date: 19 February 1920

Date of death20 June 1960
Place of burialFawkner Cemetery

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