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Oscar Franklyn HILLERY

Regimental number3069
Place of birthNewcastle New South Wales
OccupationLocomotive cleaner
Addressc/o Mrs Wesche, Eden Street, West Wallsend, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinBrother, J Hillery, Homesville, via West Wallsend, New South Wales
Enlistment date14 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 8 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal (altered to Military Medal)

Recommendation date: 4 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 January 1919

Military Medal

'At PERONNE during operations on 1st/2nd September 1918, for splendid leadership and devotion to duty. Entrusted with the difficult task of clearing a small strongly held wood his cool personal reconnaissance was a feature in a day of may great deeds. Returning he carefully organised his attack which he led with such dash that though subjected throughout to heavy machine gun and rifle fire his losses were surprisingly light and many prisoners were taken. Though wounded he carried on throughout the day to the final objective when during the consolidation he was a second time seriously wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

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