The AIF Project

Harold Arthur DEVENISH

Regimental number2122
Date of birth--/12/1881
Place of birthGuildford, Western Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationOrchardist
AddressEast Guildford, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Next of kinFather, Mr Stephen Baldwin Devenish, James Street, Guildford, Western Australia
Enlistment date28 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name51st Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/68/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 9 August 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: INF16
Promotion date: 27 September 1917

Lieutenant


Unit: INF16
Promotion date: 1 May 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Work near Morcourt on 8 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 13 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 1 June 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in command of a tank and Lewis guns during an attack. Just before reaching the final objective his tank was disabled by a direct hit, and a number of men wounded. He immediately got his personnel together, and, under heavy enfilade fire, advanced and established his post according to instructions. He then returned to the tank, and, although seriously wounded, superintended the evacuation of the wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Print format