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Arthur Adrian OLLEY

Regimental number838
Place of birthYarrawonga Victoria
Other NamesAdrain
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationElectrician
AddressYarrawonga, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, James Milne Olley, Yarrawonga, Victoria
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Pioneer Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


'Conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at Pozieres, 25 July 1916.'
Recommendation date: 29 July 1916

FateReturned to Australia 17 December 1918
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry when assisting an officer to repel a bomb attack. On one occasion he was buried by a shell explosion and when dug out was placed on the parapet as dead. On recovering consciousness he refused to leave his work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

Military Cross

'For gallantry and devotion to duty between Proyart and Foucaucourt, east of Amiens, on 23rd August 1918, in command of a company of pioneers, who were to follow the infantry closely and put in a support line when a certain objective had been reached. He accompanied the first wave of infantry so as to choose a site. During the advance an infantry officer became a casualty, and he assumed command of this officer's platoon and led them through a wood strongly held by the enemy to the objective. On reaching the objective he laid the positions for the support line, and when his company arrived conducted the digging of it under heavy machine gun and shell fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 357 Pte Allan Robert OLLEY, 7th Bn, died of wounds, 25 April 1915.
Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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