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Regimental number1940
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinAunt, Miss E Bishop, 3 New Building, Bathford, Bath, England
Enlistment date25 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 13 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll45th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette, Supplement, No. 29455 (28 January 1916); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 44 (6 April 1916).

Distinguished Conduct Medal (altered to Military Medal)

Recommendation date: 14 June 1917

FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1918

Military Medal

'At MESSINES during attack on OWL TRENCH on 7th June, 1917 Private Duncan was conspicuously brave. Seeing a machine gun in a shell hole 100 yards ahead of the company he rushed forward and overpowering the survivor of the German gun crew, he captured the gun. He was wounded shortly afterwards when advancing.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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