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Regimental number650
Place of birthEdinburgh Scotland
Addressc/o Mr R Lynch, Annie Street, Torwood, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Andrew Skinner, 386 High Street, Linlithgow, Scotland
Enlistment date10 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 November 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry in action. He handled his platoon with great courage and initiative. Later he was in charge of carrying parties, and carried out his work with marked ability under very trying conditions.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Military Medal

'Is recommended for his conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operation on enemy position EAST of JEANCOURT on the morning of 18th September, 1918. This N.C.O., during the advance, by his dash and bravery set a wonderful example to the N.C.O's. and men of his Company. He rendered valuable assistance to his Company Commander in the reorganisation of the Company at the first objective under very heavy machine gun fire. When the Company was went forward to support the 14th Battalion, this N.C.O. personally guided the ration and ammunition parties from the rear over country which was heavily shelled. At all times during the operation he showed utter disregard of danger and his dash and initiative together with skilful manner in which he led parties of men enabled his Company to reach the final objective with exceptionally light casualties.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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