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Nicholas RODAKIS

Regimental number5451
Place of birthAthens Greece
ReligionOrthodox
OccupationEngine driver
AddressWarrnambool, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation36
Next of kinWife, Mrs L M Rodakis, off Ryot Street, Warrnambool, Victoria
Enlistment date11 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 4 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 June 1919
Medals

Distinguished Service Cross (United States)


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 119
Date: 17 October 1919

Military Medal

'Is recommended for conspicuous gallantry and skill as a machine gunner where he proved himself of distinctive value during the attack near ZONNEBEKE on 26th September, 1917. On the afternoon of the 27th September, 1917, when a heavy counter attack was impending and our parapet was being swept by enemy snipers and machine guns in addition to artillery barrage, he mounted his gun in a very exposed position in order to obtain the best field of fire and although his tripod was hit several times by snipers bullets and his tunic ripped, he fearlessly stood to his post and inflicted heavy losses on he enemy. The work done by this N.C.O. was of considerable value in repulsing a determined counter attack by the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Service Cross (US), Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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