Birth date: 13 October 1890
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Briagolong
Death date: 14 February 1942
Death place: Malaya
Final rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Service number: 3009 - First World War, 1914-1918
WX3376 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Unit: 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Date of Death: 14 February 1942
  • Unit: 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 29 January 1917
  • Place of embarkation: Fremantle

Second World War POWs and Missing Persons

  • Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Unit: 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion
  • Theatre of war: Malaya

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items


2nd AIF in Perth march

2/4 Machine Gun Battalion march a total of 61 miles in four stages from Northam to and through Perth. The object was to test the physical fitness and endurance of the personnel and officers of the Battalion and to test the efficiency of the Battalion's motor transport and administration personnel....




Group portrait of five Australian junior officers from the 44th Battalion somewhere in France. Identified but positions unknown are 2nd Lieutenant (2Lt) Cyril Richard Cornish, of Midland Junction, WA; 2Lt Michael Joseph Anketell, of Perth, WA; 2Lt Charles Richard Davies, MM, of Perth, WA; 2Lt John...



Group portrait of officers of the 44th Battalion. From left to right, back row: Lieutenant (Lt) David Robert Stephen (killed in action 28 March 1918); Lt A.C. Crowley; Lt Richard Benion O'Carroll MM; Lt Michael Joseph Anketell; Lt Charles Richard Davies MM; Lt William George Faulkner (killed in...



Date of birth 1890-10-13 Briagolong, VIC.
Date and unit at enlinstment (ORs) 1916-03-31
Date of embarkation 1917-01-29
Date commissioned 1917-09-27 2nd lieutenant.
Date promoted 1918-01-27 Appointed lieutenant.
Other 1920-01-01 Lieutenant on the Reserve of Officers.
Other units 1921-03-31 Lieutenant in the 44th Battalion.
Date promoted 1924-06-01 Appointed captain.
Other units 1928-08-08 11th Battalion.
Date promoted 1928-10-09 Appointed major.
Other units 1934-05-01 28th Battalion.
Other units 1937-02-01 - 1940-11-05 Appointed lieutenant colonel with 28th Battalion.
Other units 1940-07-30 - 1940-09-06 Full time duty commanding officer Melville Training Depot No 1.
Other units 1940-10-17 Commanding officer 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion.
Date of death 1942-02-14 Died of wounds Alexandra Hospital, Singapore.