Alexander Ignatius O'CONNOR

Regimental number2965
Place of birthDeniliquin New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressCurrajong Street, West Wyalong, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs M H O'Connor, Currajong Street, West Wyalong, New South Wales
Enlistment date22 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 30 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal (Altered from Victoria Cross)

Recommendation date: "9 September 1918

Medaille Barbatie si Credinta (2nd Class)

Recommendation date: 4 January 1919

Croix de Virtue Militara (2nd Class) (Romanian)

Recommendation date: 20 September 1919"

FateReturned to Australia 7 July 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in command of a platoon during an attack on Peronne, 1 September 1918, both in the assembly and the advance under heavy fire. The next day, all the officers being casualties, he took charge of the company, and was everywhere in desperate fighting throughout the day, reconnoitring, reorganizing, filling gaps gaining touch with the flanks, and drawing fire so as to cover other units in the advance. Over and over again he rose to the occasion and restored a critical situation, his conduct winning the admiration of all with him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919