Dalton Thomas Walker NEVILLE

NEVILLE, Dalton Thomas Walker

Service Number: 2742
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 17th Infantry Battalion
Born: Darlinghurst, Sydney, NSW, 16 July 1896
Home Town: Singleton, Northumberland, New South Wales
Schooling: Singleton Superior Public School
Occupation: Bank Clerk
Died: Self Inflicted Bullet Wound, 1 October 1969, aged 73 years, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Wamberal Cemetery, NSW
Memorials: Singleton Public School HR
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World War 1 Service

2 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2742, 17th Infantry Battalion
2 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2742, 17th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Among the soldiers who received their military decorations at the hands of the Governor-General at Victoria Barracks last week was Lieut. Dalton Thomas Walker Neville, on whose breast his Excellency is here pinning a medal for bravery.
This distinguished young Australian — he has just reached his 23rd year — has had over four years' active service, has been four times mentioned in despatches, and has returned with the Military Cross, Distinguished Conduct Medal, and Croix de Guerre. In France a German commander offered' a reward of 1000 marks for this daring youth— 'dead or alive.'
Before enlisting as a private Lieut. Neville ( who was born in Sydney ) was a member of the Commonwealth Bank staff.

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He did valuable work on patrol on many occasions, and frequently obtained valuable information. His cool and courageous conduct under fire has always had a splendid effect on the men under his command.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 137
Date: 30 August 1918
 

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While in charge of a patrol, he reconnoitred the enemy's side of "No Man's Land" and located two enemy posts. Attacking with dash and skill, the enemy being taken quite unawares - two being killed and three brought over for identification. The withdrawal was made under machine gun fire, and in face of a counter attack, but he piloted his men back without casualties.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Served in WWII NX1362887

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