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Walter Ramsay McNICOLL

Date of birth27 May 1877
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationHeadmaster, Geelong High School
AddressRyrie Street, Geelong, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation37
Next of kinWife, Mrs Hilda V McNicoll, Geelong, Victoria
Enlistment date28 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentMajor
Unit name7th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant-Colonel
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30107 (1 June 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169 (4 October 1917).
Recommendation date: 25 April 1915

DSO


Recommendation date: Undated. Refers 25 April 1915

Brevet Colonel


Recommendation date: 6 October 1918

DSO


Recommendation date: Refers 25-26 April 1915

Companion of the Order of St Michael & St George


Recommendation date: 5 October 1917

Commander of the Bath


Recommendation date: September 1918

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)


Recommendation date: 16 October 1918

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement No. 29251 (5 August 1915); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133 (28 October 1915). Recommended for a second MID, 6 March 1918: awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, 1 June 1917; 'Commonwealth Gazette', 4 October 1917. Recommended for a third MID, 30 September 1918: awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement No. 30448, 28 December 1917; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57, 18 April 1918. Awarded a fourth MID, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', No. 30706, 28 May 1918; 'Commonwealth Gazette', No. 165, 24 October 1918. Awarded a fifth MID: Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089 (31 December 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61 (23 May 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 29 September 1918
Medals

Distinguished Service Order

'On the night of 25-26th April, 1915, during operations near Gaba Tepe, for repeatedly exhibiting great gallantry and skill in the command of his battalion.'
Source: 'London Gazette' No. Supplement
Date: 3 July 1915

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 91
Date: 23 July 1919

CB


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

CB


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

CMG


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57
Date: 18 April 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Commanded 10th Infantry Brigade, 1916-18.

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