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Allan Berry COTTER

Regimental number1804
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationRailway messenger
Address153 Dandenong Road, Windsor, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs Emily Cotter, 153 Dandenong Road, Windsor, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date4 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 31 January 1919

FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919

Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty, during the attack on the Hindenburg Line near LE VERGUIER 18th September 1918. He took a gun over with the attacking Infantry and under very heavy shell and Machine Gun fire he pushed forward and took up a position, from which he gave direct covering fire to the attacking Infantry, greatly assisting in the advance, and by keeping the Bosch down, saved many casualties from enemy rifle fire. His disregard for danger sets a splendid example to all.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

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