David Henry (Harry) AVARD MC


AVARD, David Henry

Service Number: 3752
Enlisted: 2 September 1915, Armidale, New South Wales
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 19th Infantry Battalion
Born: East Maitland, New South Wales, Australia, 3 September 1893
Home Town: East Maitland, Maitland Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Tenambit Public School and Maitland Boys' High School.New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Bank clerk
Died: Killed In Action, France, 3 May 1917, aged 23 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Armidale Memorial Fountain, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Maitland High School Roll of Honour, Sydney Commonwealth Bank of Australia Great War Honour Roll, Tenambit Public School Roll of Honour, Tenambit Soldiers Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

2 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3752, Armidale, New South Wales
20 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 3752, 20th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 3752, 20th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Runic, Sydney
26 Jul 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 20th Infantry Battalion
25 Jan 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant
20 Feb 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 19th Infantry Battalion
26 Apr 1917: Honoured Military Cross, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages, For conspicuous good work during and prior to the advance near Bapaume on 17 March 1917. He commanded a patrol that discovered the enemy was vacating the line and although fired on from the rear entered the German line and found it deserted. He again lead his men and established advanced posts under heavy machine gun fire. He also did good work during occupation of the sunken road and Chalk Pit near Pozieres.
3 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 19th Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (Second)

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 23 and the son of David John and Martha Jane Avard, of High St., East Maitland, New South Wales.


Awarded the Military Cross (www.awm.gov.au);

Second Lieut David Henry Avard was awarded the Military Cross for conspicious gallantry and devotion to duty when in command of a patrol. He carried out a dangerous connaissance under very heavy fire, and obtained most valuable information.