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Samuel Sparks Shepard McMILLAN

Place of birthLanark Scotland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationGas installer
AddressHobart, Tasmania
Marital statusWidower
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinMother-in-Law, Mrs Sarah Read, B T School, Newtown, Hobart, Tasmania
Enlistment date31 January 1916
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name40th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/57/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 6 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll40th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

'Work near Proyart on 12 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: "18 August 1918

Military Cross

'Work near Clery-sur-Somme on 29 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 5 September 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 27 May 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near lery, on 29th August 1918. When ordered to take up an advanced position with his platoon under heavy machine gun fire, he went forward with a N.C.O. and, locating the machine gun post, rushed and captured it, killing some and taking eight prisoners and two machine guns. He then went on and found two more posts, dealing with one and causing the garrison of the other to retire. He then moved his platoon up without further casualties.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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