Daniel Rankin Downie

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Downie, Private Daniel Rankin no.4823

18th Battalion 12th Reinforcements MM

Coffill’s Buildings, Beamish Street, Campsie.


Son of Peter and Catherine Downie.

Enlisted 3/11/1915, aged 28.



Next of kin, father, P. Downie, Coffill’s Buildings, Beamish Street, Campsie.

AWM28 1/122 Part 1,2nd Division 3/10/1918-6/10/1918: For continuous good service and devotion to duty in the operations of 3rd and 5th October 1918 near Joncourt.

On the night of 2nd/3rd October 1918 a new Battalion Headquarters was being established and Downie, a signaller, was laying the line to it. He was watched mending the line under heavy artillery fire for at least 15 minutes. During this period at least 20 shells burst within 20 yards of him. He did valuable service maintaining the lines on 3rd and 5th October, on several occasions being under heavy machine gun fire and artillery fire.

Recommended by E.F. Martin, Brigadier, General Commanding 5th Australian Infantry Brigade, for Military Medal 10th October 1918.

Returned to Australia 19/8/1919.

Married Leah Guest 1933.

Died 1933

Australian War Memorial record available at: https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1849163/ [accessed 20/01/2017].

Special acknowledgement

The foundation of the information on this page was copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.


An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 names in the book with a link to the biography copied from the book about each individual. The alphabetical list is titled Canterbury's Boys list. The biographical files are editable, created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to contribute any further information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they may have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.


Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002