Highest decorated Aussie of WW1

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  1. Henry William "Harry" Murray VC, CMG, DSO & Bar, DCM (1 December 1880 – 7 January 1966) was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest decoration for gallantry "in the face of the enemy" that can be awarded to members of the British and Commonwealth armed forces. Decorated several times throughout his service in the First World War, Murray rose from the rank of private to lieutenant colonel in three-and-a-half years. He is often described as the highest decorated infantry soldier of the British Empire during the First World War.
    This bloke was a legend and Trooper Donaldson is carrying on this tradition of heroism and modesty.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_William_Murray
     
  2. And he was best mates with Albert Jacka VC, who Charles Bean, the official War Historian, argues should have been awarded the VC three times.

    Imagine the sight of those two doing beers in the mess, not intimidating at all!
     
  3. Jacka VC was a legend. He was a bit like Paddy Mayne in WW2, in that he rubbed the senior brass up the wrong way a bit. That's probably why he didn't get a bar to his VC. Paddy Mayne kept getting DSO's and they wouldn't give hime a VC.
    Jacka got 2 MC's in France after his Gallipoli VC and was ripped off. The actions he did to get them would have got a different bloke a VC.
    Poor Jacka was always crook from gas etc and wounds and died very young. Still in his 30's. He had been mayor of St Kilda in Melbourne for a while.
     
  4. Imagine if he had got the other two he should have...

    VC with two bars.

    I guess it doesn't matter which bits of tin he ended up with, point is he earned everything he got and then some.
     
  5. If you would like to know more about Harry Murray VC CMG DSO & Bar DCM C de G, I can recommend a good book. The title is 'Mad Harry Australia's Most Decorated Soldier.' The authors are George Franki and Clyde Slatyer.