The AIF Project

Basil James MINCHIN

Regimental number358
Place of birthMiddle Swan, Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, J H Minchin, Balkaling, York, Western Australia
Enlistment date21 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).
Recommendation date: 27 September 1916

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 1 October 1917

Bar to Military Cross

Recommendation date: 5 July 1918"

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089 (31 December 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61 (23 May 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Charlotte MINCHIN

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuously gallant conduct during an attack. He led his platoon on the first enemy positions and personally killed one officer and several other men capturing in all one officer, twenty other ranks, one machine gun, and one heavy minesweeper. In his advance he next rushed a machine gun nest, killing six of the enemy (two of whom he accounted for personally) and capturing the balance of the crews and the guns. Then, discovering his company commander had been killed, he assumed command and brilliantly completed the task assigned to the company.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Before the attack he led a carrying party to the front line over most difficult ground, through a very heavy enemy barrage, and by his coolness and good leadership and courage, and did valuable work in consolidating the captured ground under heavy fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 120
Date: 7 August 1918

Family/military connectionsCousin: 2687 Pte Samuel Sydney MARTIN, 51st Bn, killed in action, 11 April 1917.
Other detailsMedals: Military Cross and Bar, Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death1 November 1936
Age at death42
Place of burialBeverley Cemetery, Western Australia

Print format    

© The AIF Project 2024, UNSW Canberra. Not to be reproduced without permission.