Maurice Wilder-Neligan (1882–1923) was a British-born Australian
soldier who commanded the 10th Battalion during the latter stages of
World War I. Emigrating to Australia before the war, he enlisted in the
Australian Imperial Force. He was decorated for bravery and commissioned
during the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915. He received a severe head wound
while leading a successful raid on German trenches near Fleurbaix,
France, in early 1916, earning a second decoration for gallantry and the
praise of war historians. In July 1917 he was promoted to lieutenant
colonel and received command of the battalion. He led it during the
Battle of the Menin Road Ridge in September and was made a Companion of
the Order of St Michael and St George in June 1918. He was again
decorated for courage for the capture of the commune of Merris on 29
July. After the war, he worked as a district officer in the Territory of
New Guinea, where he died at the age of 40, probably of complications
from his war wounds.
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