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Debnam C S   Driver   4888

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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


Debnam C S   Driver   4888    Charles Samson      2 FAB    18    Woodworker    Single    C of E        

Address:    Ascot Vale, Hurtle St, "Western"  

Next of Kin:    Debnam, C J, father, 56 Church St, Albert Park    

Enlisted:    12 Jul 1915     

Embarked:     SS Makarini 15 Sep 1915    

Prior service:  22 Battery AFA

Awards: MM,    Belgian Croix de Guerre


Recommendation for a Military Medal

5th Battery Australian Field Artillery
4888 Bombardier (A/Sgt) Charles Samson DEBNAM

6th January 1919

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the period 16/17th September 1918 to 11th November 1918.  On Oct 3rd 1918, Sgt DEBHAM, then a Bombadier, was No 1 of a gun in a section commanded by the late Lieut H J FISHER.  The Battery was being very heavily shelled, the shelling being hostile retaliation opened on to the Batter as soon as it commenced firing.  Capt HOLLIS and Lt FISHER were killed shortly afterwards and Sgt DEBNAM at once took charge of the section and under his supervision the Battery's programme was fired. Sgt DEBNAM showed the greatest coolness, and the manner in which he carried out his duties was largely - if not entirely- responsible for the fact that the Battery was able to carry on.  His work throughout the period has been characterised by great personal courage and splendid leadership.




Award of Belgian Croix de Guerre


Service Number: 4888

Rank: Bombardier

Unit: 5th Australian Field Artillery Brigade

Service: Army

Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Award: Belgian Croix de Guerre

Date of Commonwealth of Australia Gazette: 23 July 1919

Location in Commonwealth of Australia Gazette: Page 1170, position 35

Date of London Gazette: 5 April 1919

Location in London Gazette: Page 4526, position 20




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