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Arthur James DUNCAN

Regimental number3734
Place of birthCollingwood, Victoria
AddressLake Victoria Station, River Murray, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23.2
Height5' 10"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Duncan, Lake Victoria Station, River Murray, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for AIF enlistment on account of teeth)
Enlistment date13 August 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board RMS Malwa on 2 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Valuable services and courage on patrol work. (Near Louveral 8-13 April 1917).
Recommendation date: 23 April 1917

Bar to Military Medal

Recommendation date: 9 March 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 28 June 1918

Second Bar to Military Medal

Recommendation date: 13 July 1918

FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous skill and courage during a daylight operation, when he advanced with his platoon and captured an enemy post. To cover consolidation he pushed his Lewis gun forward under heavy fire. In spite of losing the whole crew, he kept his gun in action, silencing one enemy machine gun and keeping down the fire of two others, thus enabling his platoon to consolidate in time to resist a heavy counter attack.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Military Medal Bar

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 120
Date: 7 August 1918

Discharge date22 August 1919
Family/military connectionsCousin: 1917 Corporal William Maurice JAMES, 22nd Bn, died of wounds, 5 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal & Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death16 May 1959
Age at death67
Place of burialWentworth Cemetery, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, DUNCAN Arthur James

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