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Colin McALISTER

Regimental number5151
Place of birthTownsville Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressCromarty, Townsville, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation34
Next of kinWife, Mrs V M McAlister C/o Mrs T Errey, Victoria Street, Mackay, Queensland
Enlistment date6 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A16 Star of Victoria on 31 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in an attack. He led his men with great dash and kept touch with the flank company, filling up gaps which several times formed in the line. During consolidation, when a strong enemy party were seen working forward to a post in front of the line, he led an attack against them, dispersing the party and inflicting many casualties. His coolness and courage were an example to all about him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

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