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Raleigh SAYERS

Date of birth11 August 1891
Place of birthNorth Sydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationWool buyer
AddressMerlin Street, North Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, William Sayers, Merlin Street, North Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date3 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name35th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/52/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 1 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll35th Battalion


Unit: 35th Battalion
Promotion date: 15 November 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 30706 (28 May 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165 (24 October 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 12 June 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an enemy attack. He led his company with dash in a counter attack and held the enemy at a critical moment. He showed great courage under heavy fire while organizing his line, and alone captured a machine gun which was enfilading his company, killing the two men on the gun. He disposed one with his steel helmet and throttled the other.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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