Rupert Frederick Arding DOWNES MC

DOWNES, Rupert Frederick Arding

Service Numbers: 21214, Commissioned Officer
Enlisted: 30 September 1915, 11th Reinforcements Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 29th Infantry Battalion
Born: Camden, New South Wales, 23 January 1886
Home Town: Camden, Camden, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Orchardist
Died: Natural causes, Camden, New South Wales, 24 December 1954, aged 68 years
Cemetery: Cobbitty Anglican Church Cemetery
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World War 1 Service

30 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 21214, 29th Infantry Battalion, 11th Reinforcements Liverpool, New South Wales
3 Nov 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Commissioned Officer, 29th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '16' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Afric embarkation_ship_number: A19 public_note: ''
28 May 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 29th Infantry Battalion
28 Jul 1918: Honoured Military Cross, "Peaceful Penetration - Low-Cost, High-Gain Tactics on the Western Front", For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led his platoon with great determination during an attack, capturing the objective, and passing 300 yards beyond it. He eventually withdrew from this advanced position (as it interfered with our protective barrage) after having repelled an enemy counter attack with great loss. When his company commander was 'missing' he took command and re-organized the defence. He set a splendid example of determination and resource.'
8 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Commissioned Officer, 29th Infantry Brigade 2/AIF, "The Last Hundred Days"
8 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 29th Infantry Battalion, Amiens

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