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Walter Lacey SIMPSON

Regimental number22056
Place of birthUdunda South Australia
ReligionCongregational
OccupationLaw student
AddressKatanning, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, T C Simpson, Katanning, Western Australia
Enlistment date1 May 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentBombardier
Unit nameHowitzer Brigade 23, Battery 107
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/133/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 20 May 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollComissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Division T.M.B.
FateReturned to Australia 24 December 1918
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near Brancourt, on 8th October 1918. Throughout the whole of the action, as forward observation officer of the brigade, he displayed the most conspicuous courage and energy under very heavy shell and machine gun fire, keeping the brigade well posted with the tactical situation, and enabling valuable work to be done by the artillery in supporting the infantry and breaking up enemy concentrations. On one occasion when the enemy launched a local counter attack, he organized a party of Lewis gunners, broke up the attack, capturing twenty prisoners and dispersing the remainder. He also captured a 4.2 gun. His coolness and courage throughout were most marked.'
Source: CH 30
Date: 25 March 1920

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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