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Oliver John LOONEY

Regimental number504
Place of birthAmphitheatre Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSchool teacher
AddressAmphitheatre, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, W John Looney, Amphitheatre, Victoria
Enlistment date1 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name39th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/56/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 27 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll39th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Meritorious Service Medal (awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal)

Refers 1 April-2 October 1918.
Recommendation date: 19 September 1918

Military Medal

Recommendation date: Unspecified

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For very gallant conduct and devotion to duty. Throughout the whole period from 1 April to September 1918, he has taken active part in all operations in which the battalion was concerned, carrying out his duties with skill and courage of the highest order. His ability and command have many times saved his platoon from a difficult situation. His zeal in his work has always been unflagging.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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