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Maxwell Barton Tweedie McDOWALL

Regimental number89
Place of birthAdelaide South Australia
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationAgriculturist
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, John McDowall, Barnard Street, North Adelaide, South Australia
Enlistment date11 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name9th Light Horse Regiment, A Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/14/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A26 Armadale on 12 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: "18 April 1917

Military Cross (Altered to Congratulatory Card)


Recommendation date: 16 October 1917

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 5 May 1918

Bar to Military Cross


Recommendation date: 11 August 1918

Mention in Despatches


Recommendation date: 14 September 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 24 January 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For consistent good work and gallantry during the attack and occupation of HINDENBURG LINE East of BULLECOURT on 11th April 1917. While the trenches were being consolidated he lay on the parapet sniping at enemy bombing party operating on our right. he greatly assisted in establishing a block by keeping enemy back. He was cheerful throughout and set a fine example to the men for endurance and courage.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led his platoon through to the objectives with great skill. Finding both flanks in the air, and that the rest of the company had not come up, he made a personal reconnaissance and cleaned up a machine gun position. During the counter attack he gradually withdrew, causing the enemy severe loss with his Lewis gun. He showed a fine example of coolness under intense fire and against heavy odds.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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