Capt. Alfred Charles YOUDALE, ,21st Sqdn,R.F.C. Military Cross with two bars

Male 1889 - 1917  (28 years)


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  • Name Alfred Charles YOUDALE 
    Prefix Capt. 
    Suffix ,21st Sqdn,R.F.C. Military Cross with two bars 
    Born 1889  Burwood, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 Dec 1917  France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Killed in Action
    Buried
    • Remembered with Honour, Arras Flying Services Memorial,Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery
    Person ID I26511  Kirkpatrick Family
    Last Modified 16 Feb 2015 

    Father John Beaumont YOUDALE, ,of the Australian Mutual Provident Society,   b. 28 May 1847, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1926, "Coniston", Ormond St. Ashfield, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Rebecca SMALL,   b. 2 Jun 1849, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1927, "Coniston", Ormond St. Ashfield, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 12 Nov 1874  the Wesleyan Chapel, Bourke St. , Surry Hills , New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ref:The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Monday 21 December 1874 p 8 Family Notices
    Family ID F8924  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Alfred enlisted on January 6, 1915, and left Australia on May 20, 1915, with the reinforcements for the 7th Light Horse. He saw active service on Gallipoli for five months as a bomb-sergeant. Then he was stricken down with enteric fever, and was taken away about a week before the evacuation. His lieutenancy was sent to Gallipoli for him, but through being sent to Egypt ill the commission was given to another. He was returned to Australia in February, 1916, and re-embarked for Egypt on July 8, 1916. In Egypt he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps, and when he had finished his training he went to England, and subsequently to France, where he took part in many flights and air fights. He was promoted in France from lieutenant to captain and flght-commander, and received the Military Cross and later a bar to it for great bravery and distinguished service.

      The award of his Military Cross was announced in the London Gazette of 26 September 1917 and the citation appeared in the London Gazette of 9 January 1918:

      "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.Working in conjunction with our infantry, he rendered valuable assistance in the attack, flying several times through our heavy barrage and using his machine gun at a very low altitude. His work has been consistently skilful and fearless during the whole of the operations, especially when engaged in contact patrols and in attacking enemy infantry from low altitudes."

      The award of the Bar to his MC appeared in the London Gazette of 27 October 1917 and the citation in the London Gazette of 18 March 1918:

      "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in attacking enemy troops from an extremely low altitude. On one occasion he attacked from the rear, from a height of about 150 feet, the enemy that were holding up our infantry."

      The award of the Second Bar to his MC was announced in the London Gazette of 4 February 1918 and the citation in the London Gazette of 5 July 1918:

      "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on contact patrol. When he was sent up to locate the positions gained by our troops, his first attempt was frustrated by a snowstorm. He made a second attempt, and, flying at a height of 200 ft., in spite of severe hostile fire, succeeded in locating all our positions."

      Referee (Sydney, NSW : 1886 - 1939) Wednesday 12 September 1917 p 16 Article MILITARY CROSS FOR ALF.YOUDALE.

      "It is now announced that Lieut. Alfred Youdale, of the Royal Flying Corps, has been awarded the Military Cross. He had the honor recently of being chosen amongst those who flew before his Majesty the King. All his old comrades of the Western Suburbs Club, Sydney, will be pleased at his success. He has three brothers fighting with him ,Stanley ,Eric,and Roy."


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