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Allan RYAN

Regimental number1143
Place of birthPetersburg, South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationClerk
AddressAldgate, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs. Catherine Ryan, same address
Enlistment date27 February 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll24 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit nameDivisional Signals Company 2, Section 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/12/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 31 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Divisional Signal Company
FateReturned to Australia 18 December 1918
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty with the brigade forward party as telephone line sergeant. He was responsible for the laying and maintining of the telephone lines from the brigade to the forward station and on to battalion headquarters, all the time under heavey artillery and machine gun fire. He set a great example of determination and resource to his linesmen and runners'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Military Medal

'This Non Commissioned Officer was in charge of Advanced Brigade headquarters Signal Station during operations carried out by 4th Australian Infantry Brigade on 11th, instant at NOREUIL. He showed most conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in maintaining telephonic communication between Brigade headquarters and Battalion headquarters, repairing lines over ground swept by Machine gun fire and very heavy Artillery shelling. he was always cool and level headed and set a fine example to the men under him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Bar to Military Medal


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 66
Date: 2 May 1918

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operation near ZONNEBEKE, 26th September, 1917. Soon after Zero a shell landed amongst the Brigade Forward Party severely wounding the Officer in charge besides disorganising the party. He rallied the remainder and reached the Red Line where he established communication with Advanced Brigade Headquarters and with Units. The line was repeatedly cut. His party was reduced to one third its strength. He worked unceasingly and his gallantry under shell fire in coordinating the work of the linesmen enabled communication to be maintained. The two Battalion Commanders, who were in a position to know, state that Sergeant RYAN earned a D.C.M. if ever a man did.'

Family/military connectionsBrother: 1612 Sergeant Thomas RYAN MM, 2nd Divisional Signal Company, returned to Australia, 28 March 1919.
Other details

War service: War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal & Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsAddress incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as Oldgate, South Australia.
Date of death28 August 1963
Place of burialNorth Rockhampton Cemetery, Queensland

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