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Arthur Ernest DAVIS

Regimental number1932
Place of birthPenshurst, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMacarthur PO, Macarthur, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, Ernest F Davis, Tallarook Street, Seymour, Victoria
Enlistment date1 May 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll26 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name37th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/54/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Orontes on 16 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll38th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work near Proyart on 10-11 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 16 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 30 April 1919

Military Medal

'In the operation on the night 10th/11th August, 1918, near PROYART, this N.C.O. was in charge of a Section in rear of the tanks. When the tanks were held up by fire from the enemy, he led his section into the open on the left of the tank and immediately directed Lewis gun fire on a machine gun position of the enemy. After a line had been taken up and was being consolidated, he proceeded to the rear and obtained a stretcher party taking it forward in front of the forward line. One of the bearers was wounded and Lance Corporal DAVIS assisted with the stretcher making three trips. He was present under the most intense machine gun fire and was one of the last to withdraw, having rendered great assistance to Lieutenant ASHMEAD. He was instructed to cover the evacuation of the wounded with Lewis gun fire and did this to the best of his ability taking post with a team well ahead of the wounded well out from the line. He displayed leadership intrepid bravery and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 1933 Pte Frederick Maurice DAVIS, 37th Bn, returned to Australia, 12 May 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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