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Donald McPHERSON

Regimental number1716
Place of birthCongupna Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarmer
AddressPeak Hill, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinBrother, Allen McPherson, Peak Hill, New South Wales
Enlistment date31 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name54th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/71/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 14 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'Work near Harbonnieres 8 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 25 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 31 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'Whilst engaged in the operations near HARBONNIERES, East of VILLERS-BRETONNEUX on 8th August 1918, he displayed exceptional courage and devotion to duty under heavy machine gun rifle fire and controlled two guns in a manner so efficient as to render invaluable assistance to the infantry by inflicting many casualties on the enemy. Throughout the operations he set a splendid example to all with whom he came in contact.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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