Reginald Francis BAILLIEU MC

BAILLIEU, Reginald Francis

Service Number: 154
Enlisted: 1 February 1916, Melbourne, Vic.
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
Born: Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia, 17 March 1896
Home Town: St Kilda East, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: 18 January 1965, aged 68 years, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

1 Feb 1916: Enlisted Private, SN 154, No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, Melbourne, Vic.
1 Mar 1916: Promoted Corporal, No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, Melbourne, Vic.
16 Mar 1916: Involvement SN 154, No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
16 Mar 1916: Embarked SN 154, No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, HMAT Orsova, Melbourne
11 Jul 1916: Promoted Sergeant, No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, Egypt
21 Aug 1916: Promoted Second Lieutenant, No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, Egypt
24 Oct 1916: Promoted Flying Officer, No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, Egypt
24 Jan 1917: Promoted Lieutenant, No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, Palestine
26 Mar 1917: Involvement Lieutenant, No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, Battles of Gaza
27 Mar 1917: Honoured Military Cross, Egypt and Palestine - Light Horse and AFC Operations, For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in saving another pilot under heavy rifle fire.
15 Aug 1917: Promoted Captain, No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, England
16 May 1918: Discharged Captain, No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, RTA 30 January 1918. Appointment terminated as medically unfit for service (right knee).

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Biography contributed by Robert Wight

Military Cross citation:

''For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Accompanied by his observer, he descended to the rescue of a pilot who had been forced to land and who had set his machine on fire. He landed safely on difficult ground, and, in spite of the close proximity of the enemy, succeeded in rescuing the pilot and in carrying off his two passengers under a close and heavy rifle fire.''

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 140
Date: 27 August 1917