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Alexander Rowan MACNEIL

AddressMont Albert Road, Balwyn, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, A Macneil, Mont Albert Road, Balwyn, Victoria
Enlistment dateNO ENTRY
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name21st Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 14 March 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry in action. Though wounded he stuck to the command of his company till wounded a second time on the same afternoon. He set a fine example to his men under fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. he handled his mortar with great courage and determination against an overwhelming attack. He held off the enemy with his revolver until his men had got the mortar wawy to safety. he then took part in the counter attack, and dis great execution with a machine gun.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On reaching his objective in attack, after two of his officers had become casualties, this officer supervised the digging in of his company. Later, after reaching the second objective, he reconnoitred the front positions, and finding that they could not be held, he skilfully withdrew his company, pushing out Lewis gun posts. In the evening he went forward and finally dug in. He displayed coolness and judgment under trying conditions.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Cross and Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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