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Date of birth7 January 1887
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCorrespondence clerk
Address'Wombourne' 12 Evans Street, Waverley, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinWife, Mrs Beatrice Ellen Purser, 'Wombourne' 12 Evans Street, Waverley, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date30 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentMajor
Unit name30th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant-Colonel
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion


Unit: INF30
Promotion date: 5 August 1915

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30107 (1 June 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169 (4 October 1917).

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 13 March 1918

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He was ordered at very short notice to take part in an attack with his battalion on the following morning. Notwithstanding the limited time available he made all the necessary arrangements, and led his battalion through a heavy barrage to the assembly position. In the attack he overcame all resistance by assaulting numerous strong points and capturing large numbers of prisoners. After the final objective was captured he was instrumental in repulsing with heavy loss several enemy counter attacks. He set a splendid example of courage and determination to his battalion.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 137
Date: 30 August 1918

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death14 October 1970

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