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Robert McCANN

Regimental number3786
Place of birthHobart Tasmania
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationMechanic
Address328 Murray Street, Hobart, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs J R McCann, 328 Murray Street, Hobart, Tasmania
Previous military service14th Field Company Army Engineers
Enlistment date18 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameInfantry Brigade 7, Field Ambulance 7, Section C
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/50/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 25 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 2 June 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'On 25 April, 1918, during the night attack by the 13th Brigade on Villiers-Bretonneux, he was driving an ambulance car which was engaged in evacuating casualties from the advancing infantry along the Amiens-road to the advanced dressing station at Blangy Cabaret. About 10 p.m. shortly after the advance had commenced, he made many trips with wounded along a section of the road which was exposed to heavy shell fire. His dauntless gallantry under fire, and his careful and expert management of his car have been responsible for saving the left of many a wounded man.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

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