Lieutenant Colonel BLAIR ANDERSON WARK
Cdg. 1st Bn.
Died 13 June 1941
Age 47 years old
Columbarium Wall Unit D. Niche 30.
- Country of Service Australian
- Awards Victoria Cross, Distinguished Service Order
- Additional Citation note
An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 31082, dated 24th December, 1918, records the following: "For most conspicuous bravery, initiative and control during the period 29th Sept., to 1st Oct., 1918, in the operation against the Hindenburg Line at Bellicourt and the advance through Nauroy, Etricourt, Magny La Fosse and Joncourt. On 29th Sept., after personal reconnaissance under heavy fire, he led his command forward at a critical period and restored the situation. Moving fearlessly at the head of, and at times far in advance of, his troops, he cheered his men on through Nauroy, thence towards Etricourt. Still leading his assaulting companies, he observed a battery of 77mm. guns firing on his rear companies and causing heavy casualties. Collecting a few of his men, he rushed the battery, capturing four guns and ten of the crew. Then moving rapidly forward with only two N.C.O.s, he surprised and captured fifty Germans near Magny La Fosse. On 1st Oct., 1918, he again showed fearless gallantry in attack, and without hesitation and regardless of personal risk dashed forward and silenced machine guns which were causing heavy casualties. Throughout he displayed the greatest courage, skilful leading and devotion to duty, and his work was invaluable."
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