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Alexander Leslie Gordon MACKAY

Regimental number3519
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationSchoolmaster
Address22 Roslyn Dale Avenue, Woollahra, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Knight Mackay, 22 Roslyn Dale Avenue, Woollahra, New South Wales
Enlistment date2 January 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 December 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name55th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/72/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 24 January 1917
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 2 June 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For marked gallantry and devotion to duty during the period 16-17 September to 31 December, 1918. North of Bellicourt on 30 September, he four times made personal reconnaissances with one man under very heavy fire, obtaining valuable information. Later in the day, when no runners were available, he volunteered and took a message back to Battalion Headquarters under heavy machine gun fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 42
Date: 20 May 1920

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