Ellenby, Malcolm Richard

Service number:
(SX.1161
Nationality:
Australian (1901-present, Federal Republic)

Biography

Lieutenant Ellenby also received the following commemmorative medals:
Tobruk Siege Medal 1941;
Battle of Britain Medal 1939-45 - bar - Australia;
Front Line Service Medal.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant
Unit:
2/10th Battalion, 2nd A.I.F
Awarded on:
December 30th, 1941
Citation:
"This Officer has shown continuous gallantry in action in the Field during the period of this unit's service in the Tobruk area. Joining the battalion from hospital on 23May41 Lieut Ellenby quickly established himself as a gallant leader of men and soon had superiority over the enemy in No-Mans-Land in the Porbes Mound area. By constant patrolling he gained much useful information abouth the enemy's dispositions. He was untiring in his efforts and again and again led nightly patrols in this and in this Pilastrino Sector, deloused enemy minefields and organised and led strong fighting patrols against enemy occupied sangers. On the night of 19/20 July at Bir el Carmusa during one of these attacks he was seriously wounded and although unable to walk personally directed the completion of the patrol's task and its successful withdrawal. His very able leadership, courage and gallantry at all times has been magnificent and he has set a fine example to his men."
Because of his sustained wounds, he was invalided out of the Army.
Military Cross (MC)

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