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Alexander David COOK

Regimental number4105
Place of birthCharleville Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, James Cook, Ruby Vale via Anakie, Queensland
Enlistment date24 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 28 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Recommendation date: 4 October 1917

Croix de Guerre (France)

Recommendation date: 11 March 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 16 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 29 May 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'During the attack on the Beaurevoir Line, east of Peronne, on 3 October, 1918, he was in charge of a Lewis gun section working on the right of the battalion sector. Noticing that another battalion were encountering heavy fire from an enemy machine gun near Mushroom Quarry, he rushed ahead with his team and directed the fire of his gun on the enemy gun, and so covered the advance of our troops. On passing through the first objective, he gave covering fire to his comrades advancing, and silenced another enemy machine gun whick was interfering with the advance of our troops. Throughout, he showed great gallantry and initiative.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 20
Date: 19 February 1920

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