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Roy Kintore HURCOMBE

Regimental number52
Date of birth19 August 1889
Place of birthAdelaide South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressGladstone Road, Mile End, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, Major Hurcombe, Gladstone Road, Mile End, South Australia
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal Driver
Unit name10th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board Transport A11 Ascanius on 20 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion


Unit: 10th Battalion
Promotion date: 12 May 1915


Unit: 10th Battalion
Promotion date: 25 May 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Acted with gtreat coolness and daring at Pozieres.
Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).
Recommendation date: 29 July 1916

FateReturned to Australia 22 October 1918

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. His company came under a heavy barrage when assembled for the attack. By his determination, cheerfulness, and disregard of danger he reoganized the company and led it successfully to the final objective and consolidated the captured position. His ability and untiring energy contributed largely to the success of the operations.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 120
Date: 7 August 1918

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an attack. He led his company splendidly, and with great dash gained his objective, after which he personally led an attack on a machine gun nest and accounted for many of the enemy. Later he captured an officer and two men. He set a very fine example to all under his command.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Family/military connectionsFather: Lt-Colonel Frederick William HURCOMBE, 50th Bn, returned to Australia.
Other detailsMedals: Military Cross and Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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