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David Norman Halladay was born in Ballarat and was a Draper by trade when he enlisted in the May 1916 Reinforcements on 8 July 1915 at the age of 20. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A37 Barambah on 27 June 1916. In October 1916 he joined the 5th Division Medical Corps in France and a month later was attached to the 14th Field Ambulance, with whom he was serving when he came under notice for two quite contrasting behaviours. In August 1917 he was charged with æneglect to the prejudice of good order and military discipline in that when ordered to parade in full marching order he did leave his great coat behind in his billet'.
Twelve months after this misdemeanour, his gallantry earned him a Military Medal. æOn 30th August 1918 this NCO worked with his squad under a very heavy barrage in front of the village of Villers Carbonnel south of Peronne, evacuating some 18 – 20 cases under the greatest difficulties and personal risk. His forgetfulness of his own safety and his capacity to carry on under circumstances of the most intense danger and distraction, served as a fine example to his comrades and greatly assisted the speedy evacuation of wounded from a position of great danger to them'. On November 3rd he was treated at hospital for a broken nose but no detail of the cause is recorded. He returned to Australia on the Chemnitz and disembarked at Melbourne on September 5th 1919.
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