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Donald James FINDLAY

Regimental number3395
Place of birthWalthamstow England
OccupationShip's purser
AddressBondi, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinWife, Mrs Agnes Mabel Findlay, Dudley Street, Bondi, New South Wales
Enlistment date10 June 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 July 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name56th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/73/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 24 January 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Divisional Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal (Altered to Military Medal)

Work near Chuignolles on 25 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 28 August 1918

Belgian Croix de Guerre

Work on 25 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 16 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 16 June 1919

Military Medal

'Near CHUIGNOLLES on 25th August, 1918, Sapper FINDLAY was in charge of a wireless station. During the operations four of the wireless men of the forward station became casualties. He went forward, re-established the station and adjusted the instruments. Though wounded in doing so he remained on duty until telephone communications was established. It was entirley due to his bravery, initiative and devotion to duty that communication by wirless was maintained at a critical period when other means had failed.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75
Date: 176/1919

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 91
Date: 23 July 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

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

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