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Basil Lowingham HENDERSON

Regimental number1854
Place of birthArdrossan South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sarah Henderson, Ardrossan, South Australia
Enlistment date30 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll30 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 1 April 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion in operations. During a heavy shell fire at the commencement of an action he was severely wounded. As the battery was suffering heavy casualties he refused to leave his gun, and continued to direct and control his detachment until "Cease Fire" was given. As he was leaving for the dressing station, a S.O.S. call was received from the infantry. He immediately returned and effectively controlled his gun until the battery ceased firing. His sterling courage, work, and determination during the most critical period were of a high order.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75
Date: 17 June 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals:Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death20 February 1967
Age at death75
Place of burialArdrossan Cemetery, South Australia

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