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Henry Ernest SLATER

Regimental number3259
Place of birthDrummoyne New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Address175 Clarence Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, J Slater, 175 Clarence Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date6 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. After the battalion had reached its objective with few casualties an enemy strong point with several machine guns inflicted severe casualties on the right flank, and threatened the junction with the unit on the right. With a sergeant and two men he attacked the strong point, put the machine gun crew out of action, and captured the position with thrity prisoners. By this prompt and courageous action he saved many casualties. In the later stages of the fight by his courage and example he inspired his men to withstand and beat off a counter attack.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 137
Date: 30 August 1918

Croix de Guerre

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

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