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Roby Lewis MANUEL

Regimental number1681
Place of birthKerang Victoria
ReligionChurch of Christ
AddressBrim, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinUncle, Frederick George Jones, Cottesloe, Belair, South Australia
Enlistment date5 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name43rd Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/60/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 9 June 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Flying Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Flying Cross

Recommendation date: 6 June 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 May 1919

Distinguished Flying Cross

'During the past month, whilst on an offensive patrol, his machine was badly damaged in an encounter with an enemy aeroplane, which he brought down out of control. On his return home he saw another enemy machine below him. At great personal risk, owing to the state of his machine, he nevertheless attacked and brought in down. He is a most skilful pilot of great determination.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 191
Date: 12 December 1918

Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross

'On many occasions this Officer has led his patrol with exceptional ability and courage, notably on 16th September, when, with a patrol of eleven machines, he engaged fifteen hostile aircraft. By skilful manoeuvre he completely defeated the enemy in a combat that only lasted twenty minutes, at the expiration of which period only four hostile machines remained in the air, and these retired. Six of the enemy machines were seen to fall in a manner that would justify the supposition that they would crash.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 1727 Pte Clarence Arnold MANUEL
Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Flying Cross & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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