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Sydney Elijah DALE

Regimental number2079
Place of birthDover, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
AddressHobart, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie Dale, Dover, Port Esperance, Tasmania
Enlistment date5 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name40th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/57/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A49 Seang Choon on 23 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll40th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal (altered to Military Medal)

Recommendation date: 5 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 27 April 1919

Military Medal

'Near CLERY-sur-SOMME, on the 39th August 1918, in company with Lieutenant McMillan, this man performed very valuable service in locating and destroying enemy machine gun posts. Under severe machine gun fire, he went forward assisted in totally dislodging 4 posts with bombs and his revolver. He afterwards gave valuable assistance in organising and establishing forward posts after the enemy had been expelled. During the 29th/30th and 31st this sterling soldier has set a splendid example of bravery and determination. As a company scout, his reconnaissance work has been invaluable to his Company Commander and his total disregard for personal safety together with his magnificent courage has been a source of inspiration to the rest of his Platoon.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

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