Biography

Birth date: 14 August 1892
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Bacchus Marsh
Death date: 1986
Final rank: Lieutenant
Service number: 153 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 58th Australian Infantry Battalion

Rupert "Mick" Moon was born at Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, and grew up in Gippsland. He had been in the militia, and in 1914 enlisted in the light horse. He was sent to Gallipoli, then in September 1916 was commissioned and transferred to the 58th Australian Infantry Battalion to replace recent losses.

At Bullecourt on the 12 May 1917, Moon led an attack on an enemy strongpoint but was soon wounded. Not giving up, and continually calling, "come on boys", he was badly wounded twice more but still stayed to lead, inspire, and encourage his men. "We would have followed him anywhere, he was that game", said one. Only when he was wounded for a fourth time, severely now, did he finally agree to retire and seek medical help.

Moon returned to Australia but went back to Europe and ended the war as a temporary captain. Afterwards he worked in a bank and as an accountant. He was eventually one of the last surviving Australian Victoria Cross holders of the war.

Moon was awarded the Victoria Cross, service medals for the First World War, coronation medals for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II, and the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: Trumpeter
  • Date of embarkation: 19 October 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 58th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 58th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 58th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

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Timeline

Date of birth 1892-08-14
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1914-08-21 4 Light Horse Regiment.
Date of embarkation 1914-10-19
Date promoted 1915-11-23 Appointed Lance Corporal.
Date promoted 1916-03-06 Appointed Sergeant.
Date promoted 1916-09-09 Apppointed 2nd Lieutenant.
Other units 1916-09-09 Transferred to the 58th Battalion.
Date promoted 1917-03-06 Promoted to Lieutenant.
Date wounded 1917-05-11 Wounded in action at Bullecourt.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-05-16
Date of honour or award 1917-06-12 Awarded Victoria Cross for action at Bullecourt, France whilst serving with 58 Battalion, 15 Brigade, 5 Division as a Lieutenant.
Other 1917-08 Invested with Victoria Cross at Buckingham Palace by King George V.
Date returned to Australia 1918-03-03
Other units 1918-05-01 Re-embarked for active service.
Date promoted 1919-02-05 Promoted Temporary Captain.
Other 1919-05-17 Granted rank of Honorary Captain.
Date of discharge 1919-10-04
Date of death 1986