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David FAIR

Regimental number238
Place of birthAbernethy, Scotland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarmer
AddressHallsville via Tamworth, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Fair, Abernethy, Scotland
Enlistment date12 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name33rd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/50/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 4 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll33rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Belgian Croix de Guerre


Recommendation date: 10 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 11 May 1919
Medals

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)

'During the Battle of MESSINES Corporal FAIR commanded a Lewis Gun Section on the right flank of the whole attack: immediately the mine was exploded he rushed forward aand occupied the crater. Although subjected to very heavy artillery and machine gun fire and although all but one man in his section became casualties he kept his gun in action throughout the operations and did most excellent work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 91
Date: 23 July 1919

Other details

War service: embarked from Sydney, 4 May 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 9 July 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 21 November 1916.

To hospital, 12 July 1917; rejoined unit, 19 July 1917. Wounded in action, 2 October 1917; admitted to 10th General Hospital, 3 October 1917; rejoined unit, 19 December 1917. On leave to England, 13 February 1918; rejoined unit, 27 February 1918.

Wounded in action (gas shell), 17 April 1918; rejoined unit, 14 July 1918. Detached to Corps Lewis Gun School, 16 August 1918; rejoined unit, 17 September 1918.

Detached to 2nd Training Brigade, England, 27 November 1918; disembarked Folkestone, 28 November 1918; attached to Permanent Cadre, Training Brigade, Tidworth, 30 November 1918. Proceeded overseas to France, 29 January 1919; rejoined unit, 1 February 1919. Proceeded to England for return to Australia, 27 March 1919; commenced return to Australia, 11 May 1919.

Medals: Croix de Guerre, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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