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Daniel Herbert ANTHON

Regimental number19
Date of birth9 August 1890
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStore manager
Address163 Albany Road, Petersham, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24.8
Height5' 7.5"
Weight192 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Eliza A Anthon, 163 Albany Road, Petersham, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date27 April 1915
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 25 June 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF20
Promotion date: 28 June 1917


Unit: INF20
Promotion date: 16 October 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 25 September 1917

Distinguished Service Order

Recommendation date: 7 September 1918

Bar to Military Cross

Recommendation date: 14 October 1918

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 19 June 1919

Distinguished Service Order

'On the 30th August, 1918, near Clery-sur-Somme, he advanced at the head of a few men against a strongly held machine gun post, which, after bombing, he charged alone, capturing seven men and the gun. He then, by a flanking movement, captured a trench, taking 54 prisoners, besides killing and wounding several others. This gallant action allowed the battalion which had been held up for a long time, to advance.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Military Cross

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57
Date: 18 April 1918

Bar to Military Cross

'For most conspicuous gallantry and dahs. In the attack on 3rd October 1918, on the Beaurevoir system, north of St. Quentin, under heavy machine gun and rifle fire, he, entirely on his own, charged and captured a farm. Owing to his bombing skill a number of the enemy in possession of the farm were obliged to evacuate and leave their machine guns behind, thus dispensing with opposition at this point, and saving numerous casualties. He did splendid work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia 19 June 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), Medals: Military Cross & Bar, Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in World War II as N60017, Major, Military Prisons and Detention Barracks Service.

Date of death4 September 1951
Age at death61
Place of burialMoss Vale Cemetery, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, ANTHON Daniel Herbert

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