Joseph Henry Peter ELLER

Address681 Canning Street, North Carlton, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation35
Next of kinMrs Beatrice Jane Eller, 681 Canning Street, North Carlton, Victoria
Enlistment date25 August 1914
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name6th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (Awarded)

Conspicuous good work and great gallantry throughout action. Set fine example by fine actions and leadership. (Near Ypres 20 September 1917).
Recommendation date: 27 September 1917

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 15 April 1918

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in an attack. He led his company undr heavy fire with great skill and complete contempt of danger. When he came under heavy machine gun fire from a pill-box, he bombed the enemy machine gunners and put the gun out of action singlehanded, thus preventing many casualties. He captured and consolidated his objective. His courage and leadership contributed largely to the success of the operations.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal