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Christopher John VEITCH

Regimental number975
Date of birth13 August 1884
Place of birthBuln Buln, Victoria
OccupationRailway ganger
AddressBumbleyung, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinMrs C Veitch, Princess Road, Claremont, Western Australia
Enlistment date11 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 31 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When in command of twenty five men and two Lewis guns he repelled the enemy from our front line. During a second attempt by the enemy, one gun and crew being knocked out, he proceeded to dig out two men who were buried, when he himself was buried by a shell. On being extricated he succeeded in digging out these men, and in spite of seven casualties to the party he successfully repelled a third attack by the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Discharge date23 January 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Appointed Lance Corporal, 2 June 1916; Corporal, 5 Auyust 1916; Lance Seryeant, 13 September 1916; Seryeant, 20 April 1917. Wounded, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915.

Medals: Distinyuished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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