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Alfred Effingham REED

Date of birth29 March 1885
ReligionChurch of England
AddressBrighton, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinAlice Leila Hart Reed c/o Mrs Thompson, Magenta Cook Street, Randwick, New South Wales
Enlistment date30 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit name21st Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollMajor


Unit: 21st Battalion
Promotion date: 1 January 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)


Recommendation date: 10 July 1918 (Immediate Award)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', 31 December 1918; 'Commonwealth Gazette', 23 May 1919.

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in command of his battalion during an attack. After winning his objective, he crawled out into "No Man Land" reconnoitred the ground, and pushed his line forward again. Next day he personally directed the mopping up of an enemy post, and under close range machine gun fire supervised the consolidation of newly won posts. He set a fine example to his command.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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