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Douglas Charles PHILLIPS

Regimental number125
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressSixth Avenue, Maylands, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Phillips, Sixth Avenue, Maylands, Western Australia
Enlistment date8 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, C 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 RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


'Work near Morcourt on 8 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 13 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the first part of the advance through a dense fog he rendered great assistance in maintaining direct liaison with adjoining units. When one of the platoon commanders became a casualty he took command and led it in the assault, capturing a machine gun post which threatened to hold up the advance. A number of the enemy were killed, ten men, and two machine guns captured. He then bombed his way to the final objective and later beat off a counter attack. His leadership throughout the operation was excellent.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He reorganized his company when his company commander was wounded, and on reching the objective in the attack secured the flank of the battalion. His courage skill, and energy did much to insure the success of the action.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 137
Date: 30 August 1918

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