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Daniel Rankin DOWNIE

Regimental number4823
Place of birthGreenock Scotland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressCoffils Buildings Beamish Street, Campsie, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFather, P Downie, Coffils Buildings Beamish Street, Campsie, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date3 November 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 13 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 10 October 1918

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 14 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 19 August 1919

Military Medal

'For continuous good servie and devotion to duty in the operations of 3rd and 5th October, 1918, near JEANCOURT. On the night of 2nd/3rd October, 1918, a new Battalion Headquarters was being established and DOWNIE, a signaller, was laying the line to it. He was watched mending the line under heavy artillery fire for at least 15 minutes. During this period at least 20 shells burst within 20 yards of him. He did valuable service maintaining the lines on 3rd and 5th October, 1918, on several occasions being under heavy machine gun fire and artillery fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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