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Robert RUSSELL

Regimental number3656
Place of birthFalkirk Scotland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressDaceyville, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinMother, Mrs Janet Russell, 14 Bryson Street, Falkirk, Scotland
Enlistment date23 November 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Pioneer Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/13/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 24 January 1917
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 8 October 1918

Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For marked gallantry and initiative during the attack on Joncourt on 1-2 October, 1918. His non-commissioned officer becoming a casualty, he took charge of his gun team, and espite severe hostile opposition, successfully engaged enemy machine gun nests, which were causing casualties to the infantry and hindering their advance. Later, when the situation on his flank became obscure, he took charge, and by his skilful handling and gallantry he rendered invaluable assistance to the attacking infantry.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 20
Date: 19 February 1920

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