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John Edgar David FORWOOD

Regimental number4409
Place of birthKogarah New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationClerk
AddressTelopea, Westbourne Street, Kogarah, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, H E Forwood, Telopea, Westbourne Street, Kogarah, New South Wales
Enlistment date1 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 9 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 21 December 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations from 29th September to 1st October in the vicinity of BELLICOURT, this man displayed splendid qualities of courage and endurance. In the heaviest part of the advance he kept well up with the assaulting wave although carrying additional gear and getting his gun into action, covered the Infantry while consolidating and greatly assisted them by neutralising enemy machine gun fire. He was heedless of personal safety and pushed his gun into forward positions in order to command enemy machine gun posts. Later while pushing still further on he was wounded but his wonderful example held good. His magnificent work accounted for a number of enemy casualties and materially assisted the operations.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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