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Ronald Albert AUSTIN

Regimental number2930
Place of birthEilyer, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation manager
Address'Eilyer', Lake Bolac, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Albert S Austin, 'Eilyer', Lake Bolac, Victoria
Enlistment date20 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Light Horse Regiment, 21st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/13/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A1 Hymettus on 12 September 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Flying Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Recommendation date: "November 1917"

FateReturned to Australia 25 December 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He was one of two pilots who carried out a remarkable series of photographs in one flight which covered an area of 45 square miles. On an earlier occasion he alone had photographed in the completest detail an area of 20 square miles in spite of intense anti-aircraft fire. During recent operations he had led all important bombing raids, and his skill and gallantry have been largely responsible for the excellent results obtained. Previous to this he had landed in enemy country and rescued another pilot, who had been forced to land through engine trouble.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 191
Date: 12 December 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: [530] Captain Thomas Sidney AUSTIN, 8th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 3 July 1919.
Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death20 July 1965

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