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Edward Lunsden DALKEITH

Regimental number568
Date of birth--/01/1890
Place of birthAberdeen Scotland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarmer
AddressWhite Abbey, Wolseley Road, Point Piper, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFriend, Miss Jessie Stark, 'Brookdale', Southend Road, Hastings, H B, New Zealand
Enlistment date5 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name12th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/17/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 13 June 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: INF56
Promotion date: 8 December 1915

Lieutenant


Unit: INF56 MGO
Promotion date: 30 May 1916

Captain


Unit: INF56
Promotion date: 8 October 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Recommendation date: Citation refers 1 September 1918.

FateReturned to Australia 23 March 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'During heavy fighting on 1st September 1918, in the attack on Peronne, he took possession of an ememy field gun, and fired it with great effect. Being the only officer who was not either killed or wounded in the company, he led his men with coolness and decision, and rendered very valuable service in protecting the flank of the brigade, which was at one time menaced by anattack. His example of gallantry and composure under heavy fire was a great incentive to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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