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David MacDonald STEELE

Date of birth9 January 1886
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
SchoolKing's Grammar School and Prince Alfred College, Adelaide, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMedical practitioner
AddressNorth Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinFather, R M Steele, Jeffcott Street, North Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceAustralian Army Medical Corps Reserve
Enlistment date11 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit nameNo 1 Australian General Hospital
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board A62 Wandilla on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Medical Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089 (31 December 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61 (23 May 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 2 March 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He tended the wounded under very heavy fire and trying conditions with great courage and determination. It was due to his organization and skill that the wounded men were successfully evacuated.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in charge of the evacuation of the wounded from a whole divisional front during thirteen days' operations. On several occasions when it was impossible to bring casualties through by the existing route, he personally inspected the new line of evacuation on each occasion and made admirable arrangements for getting them clear and avoiding further casualties.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 150
Date: 24 September 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross and Bar,1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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