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CHALMERS, Frederick Royden CMG DSO

Published on November 21, 2011 by in 27th Battalion, Known

Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick Royden Chalmers CMG DSO

Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick Royden Chalmers CMG DSO

27th Battalion AIF (Commanding Officer – December 1917 to June 1919)

Recommended for Distinguished Service Order – 15th August, 1918

Awarded Distinguished Service Order – 4th March, 1919

Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry during an attack. He filled a dangerous gap between his flank and the next battalion by organizing and leading forward his staff of signallers and runners, capturing several prisoners, of whom he himself took three. Under very heavy fire he then pushed on ahead of the objective, and seized a most advantageous position, from which he made a valuable reconnaissance of nearly a mile of the newly captured front. His initiative and personal courage were a splendid inspiration to his battalion.

Recommended for Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George – 26th January, 1919

Awarded Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George – 15th September, 1919

Citation: None available
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ADFA Database

National Archives – Service Record

Further Reading – 27th Battalion

Picture Source – The Blue and Brown Diamond – A History of the 27th Battalion Australian Imperial Force, 1915 – 1919

 
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  1. Scott Seymour

    Citation for CMG (Order of St. Michael and St.George)as follows –

    Lieutenant Colonel Chalmers has commanded the 27th Battalion since the 16th December 1917, and has directed the operations of his battalion in the following action –
    Ypres – Sept/Oct 1917
    Morlancourt – June 10/11 1918 and Daylight Operations July 8th and 10th, 1918
    Villers Bretonneux Operations – East of Amiens Aug.8th – Sept. 1st 1918 and Beaurevoir – Oct. 3rd 1918
    Since the Menin Road action on September 20th 1917, it has been the practise in this brigade for the officer who was at the time in command (either the C.O. or his second in command) to proceed with the battalion into the attack, and Lt. Col. Chalmers has always done this when commanding the battalion in the attack.
    He has always shown great bravery, coolness and initiative, and proved himself a born leader.
    His grasp of any situation, quick decision and prompt action have more than once saved the situation at a critical time.
    At all times he has shown an utter disregard for his personal safety and by his devotion has pulled his unit through difficult periods.
    His services have been most valuable to his side.

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