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Colin Cooper DRANE

Regimental number2741
Date of birth--/09/1896; secondary dob: 09/09/1896
Place of birthBrisbane Queensland
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinJohn William C Drane, Drane Street, Clayfield, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date6 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A33 Ayrshire on 1 September 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: 15th Battalion
Promotion date: 1 March 1917


Unit: 15th Battalion
Promotion date: 16 September 1917


Unit: 15th Battalion
Promotion date: 5 November 1918

FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations east of Jeancourt north west of St Quentin on 18th September, 1918. His platoon was in the first wave of the attack, and he led them over difficult country, which was heavily wired, with great skill and daring. At one point, at the head of his platoon, he rushed an enemy post, capturing the garrison of twenty men and two machine guns. Throughout the day his courage, energy and initiative were invaluable to his company commander.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 20 November 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 5322 Pte Ivan Walker DRANE, 25th Bn, killed in action, 20 September 1917.
Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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