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Malcolm Roy ROSS

Regimental number4356
Place of birthRichmond, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressPort Pirie, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 8.75"
Next of kinFather, Thomas Ross, Calrassie, Caulfield, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for military service on the grounds of defective vision)
Enlistment date13 November 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll13 October 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 7 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 7 July 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations by the 32nd Battalion near BELLICOURT between 29th September and 1st October 1918, this man displayed great gallantry and devotion to duty. As a stretcher bearer he showed great gallantry throughout, repeatedly going into the open, under heavy shell and machine gun fire, dressing wounded. He was always the first to volunteer for dangerous tasks, and throughout showed an utter disregard for his own personal safety. His willingness, energy and untiring devotion to duty were an example to all.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Discharge date11 October 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 7 November 1916; disembarked Plymouth, 9 January 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France from 8th Training Bn, 5 April 1917; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 7 April 1917.

Marched out to unit, 8 April 1917; taken on strength of 32nd Bn, 12 April 1917.

Found guilty, 19 June 1917, of being absent without leave from 1400 hours, until 1530 hours, 15 June 1917: awarded 5 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Wounded in action and remained on duty, 28 September 1917.

On leave to the United Kingdom, 28 February 1918; rejoined unit, 23 March 1918.

Found guilty, 2 April 1918, of being absent without leave from 0730 hours, 14 March 1918, until 2130 hours, 16 March 1918: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 2 and a total forfeiture of 31 days' pay.

On leave to the United Kingdom, 21 January 1919; rejoined unit, 20 February 1919.

Detached to 15th Brigade Bn, 4 May 1919.

Awarded the Military Medal, no date stated.

Marched out to England, 15 May 1919; marched into No 2 Group, Sutton Veny, 3 June 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Chemnitz', 7 July 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 2 September 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), 11 October 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death31 December 1924
SourcesNAA: B2455, ROSS Malcolm Roy

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