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John Thomas GILLIGAN

Regimental number254
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address58 Holdsworth Street, Woollahra, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, Peter Gilligan, 58 Holdsworth Street, Woollahra, New South Wales
Previous military service4th Battery Australian Field Artillery
Enlistment date24 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 1, Battery 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/29/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A8 Argyllshire on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

For gallantry and devotion to duty at Howitzer Battery near Pr Adelles on night of 11-12 June 1918.
Recommendation date: 17 June 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918

Military Medal

'For Gallantry and Devotion to duty at a Howitzer Battery position near PRADELLES on the night of 11/12th June, 1918. A gun team of horses was on the position for the purpose of withdrawing a gun, when enemy suddenly opened heavy fire on the position causing casualties to personnel. Ammunition was set on fire and there was great danger of an explosion, but with great coolness and promptitude Sergeant GILLIGAN led a party of men and directed the rescue of the wounded and ordered the immediate withdrawal of the horses. His action undoubtedly prevented serious losses to personnel and equipment, and set a magnificent example to the men under him.'

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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