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Alexander Thomas PATERSON

Date of birth26 September 1886
Place of birthFootscray Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationManufacturers agent
AddressBerwick, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinFather, W G Paterson, Berwick, Victoria
Previous military service52nd Infantry
Enlistment date20 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit name39th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/56/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 27 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant-Colonel
Unit from Nominal Roll39th Battalion
Promotions

Major


Unit: 39th Battalion
Promotion date: 19 October 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Recommendation date: "16 June 1917

Companion of the Distinguished Service Order


Recommendation date: 29 December 1918

Brevet Major


Recommendation date: 8 April 1919"

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 23 July 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He reorganized and led his battalion with great dash and skill to its objective after it had been somewhat disorganized owing to the effect of enemy gas shells. He personally silenced an enemy machine gun, and was responsible for the capture of two others, and his courage and splendid example had an excellent effect upon his men. He was wounded whilst supervising the consolidation of the line.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Distinguished Service Order


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, Distinguished Service Order, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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