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Arthur Mainwaring MAXWELL

Regimental number59
Place of birthHobart Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation manager
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, C J Maxwell, Commonwealth Bank, Hobart Tasmania
Enlistment date24 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name6th Light Horse Regiment, A Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/11/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A29 Suevic on 21 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated: 'London Gazette', 28 December 1917 (second supplement); 'Commonwealth Gazette', 18 April 1918. Recommended for a second MID, 4 February 1919; awarded, and promulgated: 'London Gazette', 11 July 1919; 'Commonwealth Gazette', 30 October 1919.

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).

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 16 June 1919

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He made a valuable reconnaissance at a critical moment to restore touch between two brigades, taking great risks under heavy shell fire, and leading his men with great skill and courage. Throughout the whole engagement his actions were marked by sound judgment and promptitude, especially when the command of his battalion had devolved upon himself.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry in action. He carried out a valuable reconnaissance with great courage and determination. Later he personally directed relieving units to their positions under very heavy fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Family/military connectionsBrother: 447 Capt Duncan Struan MAXWELL, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron, returned to Australia 31 July 1918
Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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