Claude Ronald MORLEY MC

MORLEY, Claude Ronald

Service Number: 2417
Enlisted: 25 May 1915, Liverpool
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 1st Infantry Battalion
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 7 September 1889
Home Town: Lindfield, Ku-ring-gai, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Analytical Chemist
Died: Natural causes, Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australia, 29 June 1964, aged 74 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Darlinghurst St John's Anglican Church Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

25 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2417, 4th Infantry Battalion, Liverpool
14 Jul 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2417, 4th Infantry Battalion
14 Jul 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2417, 4th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Orsova, Sydney
4 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2417, 4th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
12 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 1st Machine Gun Company
5 Feb 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 1st Infantry Battalion
5 Feb 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 1st Infantry Battalion
24 Nov 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 1st Infantry Battalion
15 Oct 1918: Honoured Military Cross, "The Last Hundred Days", For conspicuous gallantry and leadership near Strazeele on 11 July 1918 he took out a patrol of four other ranks and got round in rear of enemy posts, of which there were six in the area, with a garrison of four or five men each, and some with machine guns. With his little party he surprised one post after another and captured twenty-five prisoners and four machine guns, thus enabling the line to be advanced 250 yards. He did splendid service
20 Apr 1919: Embarked AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 1st Infantry Battalion, HT Boonah, Plymouth for return to Australia - disembarking Sydney 11 June 1919.
10 Aug 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 1st Infantry Battalion


The details provided are taken from the book "Stealth Raiders - a few daring men in 1918" written by Lucas Jordan, published 2017, refer to pages 151 to 155 + 272. Prior to the war he was a analytical chemist of Lindfield NSW. He enlisted 25th May 1915 aged 25 years. He served with the 1st Infantry Battalion, rising through the ranks to Lieutenant. During this service as an Officer he was awarded the Military Cross. He survived the war, departing the UK for home 20th April 1919.

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