Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Remembering Devotion, Duty; Noel Costigan Epitomised Bravery and Gallantry

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Remembering Devotion, Duty; Noel Costigan Epitomised Bravery and Gallantry

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Byline: Graham Jackson Military Historian

Today I honour a local war hero on behalf of the Walkerston-Playstowe RSL Sub-Branch Captain Noel George Costigan (MiD, M.M.). Noel George Costigan born on January 3, 1924, the youngest of eight children of Daniel Bernard and Mary Josephine Costigan.

Noel Costigan enlisted into the Citizen Military Force as a private with the service number Q130906, and eventually enlisting into the Australian Imperil Forces on May 17 1944 in Walkerston, Queensland, Australia with the service number QX61408.

He served with the 42nd Australian Infantry Battalion during World War II from 1944 till 1947; where in July of 1945 he would receive a Mention in Dispatch (MiD) and the Military Medal (M.M.) for acts of Bravery in the Field.

Award of the Mention in Dispatch (MiD)

On July 10, 1945 Corporal Costigan was in command of a security patrol of four men operating south of the Buin Road West of the Mivo River. The patrol was attacked by six enemy and two men were seriously wounded. Corporal Costigan sent the remaining man to his company for assistance, and single handed stood over the wounded men, and engaged, killing two and holding off the enemy until a fighting patrol arrived. Corporal Costigan then joined the fighting patrol and moved after the enemy.

Award for the Military Medal (M.M.)

On July 31, 1945 Corporal Costigan led his section as part of a fighting patrol moving South of the Buin Road near the Mivo River. The leading section made contact with the enemy party strongly entrenched. An intense fire prevented further advance by the leading section.

Corporal Costigan was ordered to attack on the left flank, when within 20 yards of the position, heavy enemy fire halted the advance, and one man was wounded and lay exposed to enemy fire.

Corporal Costigan disposed his section to give covering fire, and crawled forward, and dragged the wounded man behind cover. …

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