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Claude Ewin CAMERON

Regimental number828
Date of birth--/03/1895
Other NamesClaude Ewen
ReligionChurch of England
AddressSt James' Rectory, Turramurra, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, Rev R J Cameron, St James' Rectory, Turramurra, New South Wales
Previous military service19th Infantry
Enlistment date18 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name20th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport Berrima on 25 June 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: 20th Battalion
Promotion date: 16 August 1916


Unit: 20th Battalion
Promotion date: 16 November 1916


Unit: AMF
Promotion date: 1 January 1924


Unit: AMF
Promotion date: 13 August 1927

Lieutenant Colonel

Unit: 18th Battalion
Promotion date: 1 July 1933

Temporary COL

Unit: 8th Infantry Brigade, AMF
Promotion date: 1 May 1940

Promotion date: 24 January 1941

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Bar to Military Cross

Recommendation date: 14 October 1918

Military Cross

Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

FateReturned to Australia 19 February 1919

Military Cross

'On the morning of the 8th August 1918, in the attack east of Villers Bretonneux, near Amiens, he with a non-commissioned officer, captured a post held by twelve enemy and two machine guns, which was holding up the advance and causing casualties. Again, on 11th August when the company advanced at Raincourt, he being on his objective with only twelve men consolidating under heavy fire from machine guns and a 77 mm. at point blank range, he did excellent work in supervising his company and organizing the defence of his position. Throughout the whole operations he showed great courage and initiative.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Bar to Military Cross

'During the attack on 3rd October 1918, between the Beaurevoir line and the Beaurevoir village, north of St. Quentin, under very heavy fire, he displayed great courage and coolness, took charge of the battalion, and led them to the position in the Torrens Canal, where he formed a defensive flank. His quick action and calm confidence enabled the battalion to hold the position gained until other troops passed through in a later attack.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920

Other details

Medals: Military Cross, Bar to Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal. War service: Western Front

Wounded in action (1) 15 November 1916; (2) 20 September 1917.

Medals: Military Cross & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in World War II: OC 8th Infantry Brigade, AMF, New Guinea, 1940-44.

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