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Oscar Volney OLSEN

Regimental number3873
Place of birthNewcastle England
OccupationBank clerk
AddressPymble, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinWife, Mrs M Olsen c/o Mrs Reynolds, Merrivale Road, Pymble, New South Wales
Enlistment date31 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll45th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

*Military Medal

*'Work near Hamel 8-11 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: "12 August 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 25 September 1918"

Mention in Despatches

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

FateReturned to Australia 23 June 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack west of Bellenglise on 18 September, 1918. He was fired on from a strong enemy position, but rushed it with a few men. He reached the position first, and 24 of the enemy surrendered to him. He set his platoon a splendid example during the whole advance, and rendered valuable service.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 20
Date: 19 February 1920

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