MELVILLE Hamilton
8/3006, Private, 2nd Battalion, Otago Regiment

CITATION
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Gazetted 30 October 1918
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  Prior to an attack he assisted to locate the enemy’s positions with great accuracy by frequent patrols.  During our advance he rushed an enemy machine gun that was causing delay, killing five of the team single-handed and taking a prisoner.  His conduct throughout was marked by conspicuous gallantry and initiative.

Military Medal
Gazetted 13 September 1918
Operations: on the British front east of Hebuterne – 14 May 1918.  For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  This man was one of a patrol of four men, under Sergeant TRAVIS, which went out in broad daylight and captured an enemy machine gun post; although their Battalion was in support these men volunteered to go out and secure identification, which was urgently required.  They left our front line about 7.15pm and by skilful use of the ground they crept up to the enemy post unobserved, and, disposing themselves very cleverly, completely surprised  the enemy post of seven Germans.  The officer of the post showed fight and was shot; the connection in the post aroused a neighbouring post who rushed down the sap to the aid of their comrades, firing at the patrol who were conducting the prisoners to our lines; two prisoners being thus shot by their own comrades.  The above was carried out in a most daring manner, and the men concerned showed courage of a very high order.  The patrol was subjected to heavy machine gun fire on withdrawing from the enemy post and were sniped at from all sides.  This man has done much good work on patrol and has always set an example of courage and devotion to duty.

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

NOTES
Born 2 May 1895, Bengal, India
Died 16 May 1946, Dunedin, New Zealand
Buried Anderson's Bay Cemetery, Dunedin, New Zealand (Block 4SF, Plot 8)

Enlisted into NZEF 12 June 1915, 7th Reinforcements
Embarked for overseas 9 October 1915
Served in Gallipoli, Europe
Discharged from NZEF 25 November 1919
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