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Daniel Walter CONNELL

Regimental number17
Place of birthLake Charm, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressLake Boga, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, W T Connell, Lake Boga, Victoria
Enlistment date22 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Meritorious Service Medal


Work from 17 September 1917 to 18 February 1918.
Recommendation date: 5 March 1918

FateReturned to Australia 20 June 1919
Medals

Meritorious Service Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in charge of whell and pack transport in the forward area during the period 17th September, 1917, to 18th February, 1918. From 1st to 9th October, 1917, he was continually under very heavy shell fire, and nightly went forward with supplies to the Battalion when in the front line and supports. The country over which had had to work was most difficult owing to climatic conditions and was continuously swept by rifle, machine gun and shell fire. He showed great initiative and determination and never once failed the troops in the line. For adaptability, tact, organisation and energy this N.C.O. is exceptional, and ths slight casualties sustained in horses and men by the Transport Section is undoubtedly due to the zeal of this N.C.O.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Family/military connectionsCousin: 2209 Driver John Alexander CONNELL, 1st Field Artillery Brigade, died of wounds, 12 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Meritorious Service Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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