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Place of birthCowra New South Wales
OccupationAssistant Town Clerk, Albany
AddressSpringside, Orange, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, J Collings, Springside, Orange, New South Wales
Previous military service17th Battery Australian Field Artillery
Enlistment date30 September 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 1, Reinforcement 13
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/29/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 17 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)


Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

FateReturned to Australia 10 April 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. In spite of heavy casualties amongst officers and men he fought his battery with the greatest gallantry and determination during protracted operations, although subjected to continual and intense bombardment, working day and night without any regard for himself. He inspired all ranks by his example of self-sacrifice and fine leadership.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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