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Arthur William CAVANAGH

Regimental number1096
Place of birthHorsham, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation manager
AddressBrim's Springs via Horsham, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs W A Cavanagh, Brim's Springs via Horsham, Victoria
Enlistment date12 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name29th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll29th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 3 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 24 January 1918
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsPlaque in Garden of Remembrance, Victoria
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in an attack. When the advance to the second objective was held up, he organized and led a party against the enemy's position. Though wounded early in the attack, he remained at duty, and, single handed, rushed a concrete shelter, putting the whole garrison of twenty out of action, thus allowing the advance to continue. He remained with his men until after the final objective had b een consolidated, and, by his courage and coolness, set a splendid example to all ranks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death7 February 1953
Age at death63

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