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Rupert Frederick Arding DOWNES

Place of birthCamden New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressBrownlow Hill, Camden, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinWife, Mrs Katie May Eliz Downes, c/o Mrs Hussey-Cooper, 'Belmont' Hersham Road, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England
Enlistment date30 September 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name29th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 3 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led his platoon with great determination during an attack, capturing the objective, and passing 300 yards beyond it. He eventually withdrew from this advanced position (as it interfered with our protective barrage) after having repelled an enemy counter attack with great loss. When his company commander was 'missing' he took command and re-organized the defence. He set a splendid example of determination and resource.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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