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Regimental number316
Place of birthCroydon England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinWife, Mrs Alice Distant, 18 Prospect Street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date31 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name42nd Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/59/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 5 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Light Trench Mortar Battery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

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Recommendation date: 28 September 1917

Meritorious Service Medal

Recommendation date: 17 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 July 1919

Military Medal

'For continuous good service and devotion to duty. Sergeant DISTANT has done excellent work since the formation of the Unit and on many occasions situations have arisen which have thrown a great amount of responsibility on to this Non Commissioned Officer. On 4th July, 1918, during operations at HAMEL, both Section Officers became casualties and Sergeant DISTANT immediately took charge of the four MORTARS. He organised an S.O.S. Line and it was entirely due to his good management that the Trench Mortars greatly assisted in repelling the enemy counter-attacks. He also distinguished himself during the operations of 8th August, 1918, 22nd August and 1st September, 1918.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 9
Date: 24 January 1918

MM Bar

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75
Date: 17 June 1919

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