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Patrick Darcy HAYES

Regimental number3856
Place of birthLeongatha Vic
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationGrocer
AddressNyah via Swan Hill, Victoria
Marital statusWidower
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, W K Hayes, Nyah, via Swan Hill, Victoria
Enlistment date29 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll29 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 30 May 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in taking charge of a gun crew when the officer and non-commissioned officer had become casualties. When one gun was blown up he salvaged another, and established his two guns on the objective in splendid tactical positions. He remained in charge of the two guns for two days, showing courage, cheerfulness, and resource, although suffering heavy casualties.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Date of death20 May 1961
Place of burialGoondiwindi Cemetery

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