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Arthur DALE

Regimental number1936
Place of birthCanwell England
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Dale, Camwell Lodge, Sutton, Goldfield, Birmingham, England
Enlistment date28 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 10 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal (Awarded)

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while in charge of front line post.
Recommendation date: 18 November 1917

FateReturned to Australia 21 March 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He was in charge of an isolated front line post, which was blown in by hostile shell fire three times during the course of the day. On each occasion he mustered his men, re-dug and consolidated the position setting a stirring example to those under him. The post was a most important one, and it was due to the courage and determination of this N.C.O. that the garrison was able to hold on.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 7 August 1918

Military Medal

'During our operations east of HESBECOURT on the 18th September, 1918, Corporal DALE was in charge of a section on the Right flank of the Company, and throughout the advance maintained excellent direction and kept his men under perfect control - a most difficult performance under the prevailing conditions. When his section was held up by a nest of Machine Guns he showed great courage and initiative in overcoming their resistance. On reaching the final objective Corporal DALE remained in command of the Platoon; he thereupon reorganised it and supervised its consolidation. Throughout the attack his work was of the very highest order and canot be spoken of too highly.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

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