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Staniforth RICKETSON

Regimental number543
Date of birth17 August 1891
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
OccupationStock and share broker
AddressHowitt Street, Hawksburn, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Henry J Ricketson, 10 Howitt Street, Hawksburn, Victoria
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A3 Orvieto on 21 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF5
Promotion date: 27 April 1915


Unit: INF5
Promotion date: 17 October 1915


Unit: INF5
Promotion date: 1 January 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement, No 29354, 5 November 1915; 'Commonwealth Gazette', No 12, 27 January 1916.

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 25 May 1915

Military Cross

Recommendation date: Refers 9-10 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 10 May 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For gallant conduct and great bravery on the 25th May, 1915, at Gaba Tepe (Dardanelles). When all his Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers had been killed or wounded, he showed great coolness and courage in rallying men under a very heavy fire, and his example and devotion to duty exercised the greatest influence over the men, and kept them steady under trying conditions. He also exhibited conspicuous bravery in digging in the open, and under a heavy fire, a shelter for a wounded officer.'
Source: 'London Gazette' No. 8858
Date: 6 September 1915

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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