honor role

Black, Alan Bennison

** DCM 885 Lieut 51st Bn.

Born in Victoria, CoE. Enlisted 10 September 1914 age 28, farmer. Nok father, W.M. Black Cowlowin via Corrolocking Embarked at Fremantle 2 November 1914 per A7 Medic, (service file has 26 October 1914). Very likely served at Gallipoli. While in France, he suffered a gunshot wound to the neck 2-4 September 1917. He was wounded a second time 23 February 1918. The citation for his Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) reads: ‘Awarded the DCM for Gallantry in action and conspicuous gallantry. He organised the left of the line and led them into the trenches. He showed great skill with his guns and later repaired and brought into action an enemy gun. A splendid example of courage and skill throughout.’ London Gazette 11 November 1916. In later years Alan Black resided at 34 Railway St Cottesloe. Service medals and award: DCM, 1914-1915 Star, BWM and VM.