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Harold John COCKRELL

Regimental number1678
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationDraper's assistant
Address75 Breeze Street, West Brunswick, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinStep-Father, Mr Lewis Besank, 75 Breeze Street, West Brunswick, Victoria
Enlistment date14 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name57th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/74/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 4 April 1916
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On one occasion during our advance he attacked a machine gun post single handed, killing three of the garrison and capturing the gun, which he immediately turned on the enemy with great effect, thus facilitating our further progress. When his officer and platoon sergeant had become casualties he took command, and displayed qualities of leadership and initiative of a very high order. His behaviour throughout was most gallant.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

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