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Daniel Robert DESBOIS

Regimental number2258
Date of birth--/08/1891
Place of birthCooktown Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation manager
AddressRoyalist Road, Mosman, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sarah Desbois, Royalist Road, Mosman, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date11 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll7 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A63 Karoola on 16 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF3
Promotion date: 18 October 1917


Unit: INF3
Promotion date: 1 April 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Mont de Merris near Strazeele, France on 14 April 1918.
Recommendation date: 22 April 1918

FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in charge of a plantton post in front of the line, when attacked heavily on both flanks and front. Though under heavy enfilade fire the whole time, he showed a carless disregard for his own safety, and by his courage and cheerfulness inspired his men with great confidence. The formation of the attacking waves was broken time after time by the gallantry of his post.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

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

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