Bernard Oscar Charles DUGGAN DSO, DSO*

DUGGAN, Bernard Oscar Charles

Service Numbers: Not yet discovered
Enlisted: 12 April 1915
Last Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Last Unit: 21st Infantry Battalion
Born: St Arnaud, Victoria, Australia, 12 January 1887
Home Town: Saint Arnaud, Northern Grampians, Victoria
Schooling: St Arnaud School of Mines, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 27 December 1963, aged 76 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: St Arnaud Cemetery, Victoria, Australia
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World War 1 Service

12 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 21st Infantry Battalion
1 May 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Captain, 21st Infantry Battalion
10 May 1915: Embarked Lieutenant, 24th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
10 May 1915: Involvement Lieutenant, 24th Infantry Battalion
12 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Major, 21st Infantry Battalion
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Major, 21st Infantry Battalion, Pozières
8 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Major, 21st Infantry Battalion, Mouquet Farm
15 Jun 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, 21st Infantry Battalion, Appointed commanding officer of 21st Battalion
4 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, 21st Infantry Battalion, Broodseinde Ridge
1 Jan 1918: Honoured Companion of the Distinguished Service Order, Pozières, conspicuously good work as Senior Major' at Pozieres in July/ August of 1916 and at Flers in November 1916.
4 Jul 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, 21st Infantry Battalion, Le Hamel - Blueprint for Victory
8 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, 21st Infantry Battalion, The Battle of Amiens
1 Sep 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, 21st Infantry Battalion, Mont St Quentin / Peronne
5 Oct 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, 21st Infantry Battalion, Montbrehain
2 Apr 1919: Honoured Companion of the Distinguished Service Order and bar, Montbrehain, At Montbrehain on 5 October 1918 where 'during the attack he set a fine example of zeal and energy to his command'.
4 Oct 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, 21st Infantry Battalion, Appointment in AIF terminated.

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Biography contributed by Robert Wight

Captain Duggan embarked aboard HMAT Ulysses on 8 May 1915.

Duggan landed at Gallipoli on 7 September 1915 and was evacuated in December 1915.

On 12 March 1916 he was promoted to the rank of Major, seeing action at Pozieres and Mouquet Farm. On 15 June 1917 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Commanding Officer of the 21st Battalion, seeing action at Broodseinde Ridge in October 1917.

On 1 January 1918 he was awarded a Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for 'conspicuously good work as Senior Major' at Pozieres in July/ August of 1916 and at Flers in November 1916.

After helping to blunt the German spring offensive of April 1918, the 21st battalion participated in the battles that would mark the beginning of Germany's defeat, Hamel, Amiens and Mont St. Quentin.

On 2 April 1919 Duggan was awarded a Bar to the Distinguished Service Order for the Battalion attack at Montbrehain on 5 October 1918 where 'during the attack he set a fine example of zeal and energy to his command'. What was left of the depleted 21st Btn was disbanded on 13 October 1918.

On 25 March 1919 Duggan returned to Australia and his appointment was terminated on 4 October 1919.

Source: AWM

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