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A FINE WW1 AUSTRALIAN DCM ‘PERONNE’ 1918 GROUP FOR GALLANTRY LEADING A CHARGE AGAINST AN ENEMY POST, KILLING AND WOUNDING THE OCCUPANTS

DCM ‘2335 PTE. O. P. HUNT 22/ AUST: INF.’ BWM/VICTORY ‘2335 PTE. O. P. HUNT 22 BN AIF’. BWM RENAMED. DCM/VICTORY AS ISSUED. WITH 22ND BATT AIF ASSOCIATION VETERAN BADGE.

The recommendation states "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the Operations near GENEVE, east of PERONNE, when attached to the 117th American Infantry Regiment, on the 7th/8th October 1918. This soldier was responsible for a Company of the 1st Battalion, 117th Regiment, getting on to the Jumping-Off Tape in time for the attack. Shell and Machine Gun fire had disorganised the Company, and the American guide was a casualty. HUNT, noticing the confusion in the Company immediately volunteered his services to the Company commander, and guided the Company on to the Tape under heavy hostile fire. During the attack he noticed a section of men held up. As the Section Commander was a casualty, this gallant soldier took charge, and with several men worked around the enemy post, finally rushing it, killing several and wounding the remaining of the garrison. His coolness and determination had a good effect on the brave but untried men of
the section."

Condition, NEF/VF - With research, WW1 service file, Court Martial transcript etc. A fine and interesting Gallantry Award which illustrates the closeness the co-operation between US and Australian Forces was in 1918. BWM/Victory returned unissued in 1923 but then in 1926 Hunt obtained. Also entitled to 1914/15 Star which seems to have been issued in 1920.

Code J1680        Price £2385