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Gilbert Lyle COLLINS

Regimental number3139
Place of birthFarrell Flat, South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressFarrells Flat, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, W P Collins, Farrells Flat, South Australia
Enlistment date18 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 14 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

For gallantry and devotion to duty at Mont de Merris near Strazeele on night 2-3 June 1918.
Recommendation date: 5 June 1918

FateReturned to Australia 12 April 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in charge of a machine gun which was pushed out into "No Man's Land" to protect the flank of an attack. Upon the attack opening he noticed a hostile machine gun enfilading the attacking waves, and immediately engaged this gun at 50 yards. He put it out of action, killing one of the gunners, wounding another, while a third and the machine gun were captured and brought back. By his great courage and determined action he undoubtedly saved many casualties, and materially assisted in the success of the attack.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 6981 Pte Walter George COLLINS, 10th Bn, killed in action, 18 September 1918.
Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death10 April 1971
Age at death75
Place of burialBurra Cemetery, South Australia

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