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Alexander Robert HERON

Date of birth25 December 1888
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationChemist
AddressBowen, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinWife, Mrs Margaret Heron, Herbert Street, Bowen, Queensland
Previous military service27th ALH
Enlistment date6 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit name42nd Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/59/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 5 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant-Colonel
Unit from Nominal Roll42nd Battalion
Promotions

Lieutenant


Unit: 41st Battalion
Promotion date: 6 July 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


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

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089 (31 December 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61 (23 May 1919).

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).

Medals

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led his company to the relief of a battalion through extremely heavy shell fire, with great success and very few casualties. Throughout the operations, although under heavy barrage, he kept in touch and sent back information to his battalion headquarters. His skill and devotion contributed largely to the successful holding of our line, and throughout the whole period in the trenches his work has been consistently thorough.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

CMG


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other detailsWar Service: Western Front Medals: Distinguished Service Order, CMG, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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