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Herbert DALTON

Regimental number1495
Place of birthMount Cole, Victoria
OccupationHorse driver
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinSister, Connie Dalton, PO, Harvey, Western Australia
Enlistment date16 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A50 Itonus on 22 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll52nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 5 April 1918

FateReturned to Australia 12 December 1918

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and fine devotion to duty whilst acting as a stretcher bearer on night 24th/25th April 1918 near VILLERS-BRETONNEUX. After passing the enemy wire behind the attacking troops he found himself the only bearer left of the bearers of his Company, the others being casualties. Instead of returning to the Regimental Aid Post and joining another squad, Private DALTON remained at the wire for over 2 hours dressing wounded in the open under heavy machine gun fire. This action called for a considerable amount of fearless courage and was something far more than his ordinary duties. His work throughout the whole of the 25th April 1918 was noted for extreme devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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