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Harry RONALD

Regimental number1283
Date of birth--/06/1890
Place of birthArmidale Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationStock salesman
AddressOcean View, Fresh Water via Manly, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinWife, Mrs Ronald, Ocean View, Fresh Water via Manly, New South Wales
Enlistment date16 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentCSM
Unit name17th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Promotions

Lieutenant


Unit: INF17
Promotion date: 15 March 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 21 September 1916

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 5 March 1917

DSO


Altered from Military Cross.
Recommendation date: 19 May 1918

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089, 31 December 1918; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61, 23 May 1919.

FateReturned to Australia 8 January 1919
Medals

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer was in command of a company on the left of the line, when the enemy, who had broken through a gap on the right, attacked it from front and rear, effecting a lodgment after severe fighting in his trench. He promptly organized a strong counter attack, dislodging the enemy, killing about sixty, and taking about fifty prisoners. His quick initiative did much towards the success of the operation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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