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Harry DOWNES

Regimental number1612
Date of birth--/06/1892
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
AddressAdelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Hannah Downes, Brown Hill via Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Enlistment date13 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name48th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/65/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 11 April 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: 48th Battalion
Promotion date: 24 April 1917

Lieutenant


Unit: Staff, 12th Infantry Brigade
Promotion date: 7 August 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 18 April 1917

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 30 January 1919

FateReturned to Australia 8 September 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At BULLECOURT on 11th April 1917 for constant good work and devotion to duty during the operations HINDENBURG LINE. By his own brave example he kept his men alert and in good spirits after all his Company Officers were wounded. he organised and assisted in the defence of the trench and when the retirement was ordered he moved back his men in good order.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Military Cross


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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