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John McARTHUR

Date of birth6 April 1875
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationOfficer
Address2 Howe Crescent, South Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation40
Next of kinWife, Mrs Isabella A McArthur, 2 Howe Crescent, South Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date12 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit name29th Battalion, Headquarters Staff
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll29th Battalion
Promotions

Lieutenant Colonel


Unit: 29th Battalion
Promotion date: 1 March 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


'Work at Morlancourt and at Vauvillers on 9 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 28 August 1917

Companion of the Distinguished Service Order


'Work near Vauvillers on 9 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 28 August 1917, 4 August 1918 and 12 August 1918#

Legion D'Honneur


@ 'Work near Vauvillers on 9 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 29 August 1918*

Bar to Companion of the Distinguished Service Order


Recommendation date: 21 August 1918@"

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089 (31 December 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61 (23 May 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 23 September 1919
Medals

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and able leadership. Having personally supervised all preliminary arrangements, he carried out a night attack on the enemy's well organized trench lines, which was entirely successful. He remained at work for 48 hours, showing a splendid example of courage, and devotion to duty which inspired all ranks of the battalion.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

DSO and Bar

'For conspicuous gallantry while commanding his battalion during an attack. he preceeded the battalion to the jumping off line, and under very heavy fire issued final instructions to the companies. When the advance was temporarily checked he went forward and personally conducted operations, bieng severely wounded while doing so. It was largely due to his splendid leadership and fine initiative that the battalion reached all its objectives.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Service Order and Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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