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Reginald Sydney DAVIES

Regimental number3495
Place of birthBroadway, Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales
SchoolGlebe Public School, Sydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationRailway porter
Address'Dorothy', Railway Avenue, Stanmore, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinWife, Mrs E Davies, 20 Railway Avenue, Stanmore, New South Wales
Enlistment date20 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

French Military Decoration

For bravery in operating a Lewis Gun alone continually for five hours under heavy enemy machine gun fire, and in salvaging four Lewis Guns from shellholes.
Recommendation date: 29 June 1917

FateKilled in Action 3 October 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death34
Age at death from cemetery records34
Place of burialCalvairs Cemetery (Row B, Grave No. 23), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Richard C, and Lucy DAVIES, husband of Emma DAVIES, 155 Enmore Road, Enmore, New South Wales. Native of Sydney, New South Wales

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While advancing with his machine gun. This N.C.O. and one other man were the only men who were not casualties. He recovered the gun and magazines, got the gun into action, whereby severe casualties were inflicted on the enemy. Later he crawled forward alone through heavy shell fire and disposed of two enemy snipers. He showed great courage and dash throughout the action.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Medaille Militaire (France)

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Distinguished Conduct Medal, Medaille Militaire, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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