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Alexander George BATES

Regimental number1722
Place of birthCrookwell New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMarkdale, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinBrother, E H Bates, Markdale, Binda, via Crookwell, New South Wales
Enlistment date17 December 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 10 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 3 August 1916

FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry during operations. On his own initiative he constructed 40 yards of trench to link up with another battalion. When the enemy attacked on this front this trench proved of great value. It had been constructed under heavy fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in command of a raiding party. He led his party of twenty men up to the enemy's wire and rushed the position as soon as the barrage lifted. Inspired by his splendid leadership and courage, his men captured seven of the enemy, put a number of others out of action, and returned without a casulaty. He had previously carried out a reconnaissance which contributed largely to the success of the enterprise.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 150
Date: 24 September 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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