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David Manly REUBEN

Regimental number2080
Place of birthManly, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFitter and turner
AddressKogarah, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs. Henrietta Reuben, Paine Street, Kogarah, New South Wales
Enlistment date29 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 18 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Light Trench Mortar Battery
FateReturned to Australia 19 June 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Spelt Davix Mauley Reuben on NR

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in charge of two Stokes mortars during an attack. He fought his guns most effectively during the advance and during a counter attack by the enemy. In order to knock out an enemy machine gun, he dismantled his mortar, dashed forward to a shell hole, and held the barrel in his bare hands while his comrade dropped the shells down the muzzle. He did fine work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Military Medal

'During operations from 26th/30th September 1917 at POLYGON WOOD - East of YPRES - this N.C.O. displayed exceptional coolness and gallantry under heavy Artillery and Machine Gun fire in conducting carrying parties, with Supplies and Ammunition to the forward Stokes Mortar position. On several occasions he had to pass through the enemy's barrage, but always succeeded in bring forward Stokes ammunition to where it was urgently required. His cheerfulness and devotion to duty inspired his men to greater efforts, and by his gallant conduct and example, the forward guns were never without ammunition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death7 April 1970
Place of burialNorthern Suburbs Crematorium

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