THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
HALLIGAN Robert Henry
6/3335, Sergeant, 1st Battalion, Canterbury Regiment

CITATION
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Gazetted 3 June 1918
Gravenstafel, 1 Oct 1917.  For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On one occasion, at a most critical moment, when his platoon was forced to withdraw, ha established himself singlehanded in a shell hole to cover the retirement with a Lewis gun; but he was able to bring such a destructive fire on the enemy that the platoon was able to advance again and reoccupy the position. His courage, cheerful behaviour in difficulties and initiative have always been a fine example to the men of his platoon.

Military Medal
Gazetted 17 December 1917
Operations Gravenstafel – 1 October to 5 October 1917.  For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  Early on the morning of 1 October, Lance Corporal HALLIGAN with a Lewis gun and three men were holding an advanced post in a shell hole, when they were attacked by an enemy patrol of twelve men.  Lance Corporal HALLIGAN promptly brought his gun into action but after it fired a few shots it jammed.  He then led his men out of the shell hole and attacked the enemy with bombs.  He succeeded in killing four of the enemy and the remainder were put to flight, some of them being wounded.  Lance Corporal then searched the dead and sent in valuable papers and proof of identification

AWARDS
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Military Medal
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

NOTES
Born 11 September 1887, Victoria, Australia
Died 29 December 1922, Hokitika, NZ