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Regimental number759
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressBarton Street, Kurri Kurri, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Jim Donovan, Marsh, Church Glass, Ireland
Enlistment date29 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name35th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/52/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 1 May 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll35th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: -
Promotion date: 6 January 1919

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 14 May 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 7 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 27 April 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack on Curlu on 28 August, 1918. In command of the left assault platoon on the left battalion, he pushed out and established a forward post, where he came under heavy machine gun fire. Without hesitation he worked forward 100 yards and bombed the gun. He then assisted the next unit to establish an advance post.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 35
Date: 15 April 1920

Military Medal

'For devotion to duty and courageous action during an attack on enemy position near MORLANCOURT on night of 5th/6th May, 1918. After his platoon Commander had become a casualty, this N.C.O. assumed command and under a great deal of shell and rifle fire re organised the men of his own and other platoons supervised consolidation, and held off the enemy for sometime until the situation was quite cleared up and the new line well established. His services were of the greatest value, his coolness and initiative being a great help to his Company Commander.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

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