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Mark RILEN

Regimental number1521
Place of birthMoonee Ponds Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBlacksmith
Address161 Buckley Street, South Footscray, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, M. Rilen, 161 Buckley Street, South Footscray, Victoria
Enlistment date17 July 1915
Unit name4th Light Horse Regiment, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/9/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A56 Palermo on 29 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Light Horse Regiment
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 28 November 1918

FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near Ahvay, on 9 November, 1918, when his patrol came under heavy machine gun fire. He instructed his patrol to maintain a continuous fire on the enemy machine gun, and then, single handed, and with the greatest courage, he made his way to their rear, and caused such casualties to the gun crews that they scattered, leaving two guns behind.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 42
Date: 20 May 1920

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