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John Oswin GRANT

Regimental number6395
Place of birthLiverpool England
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarm hand
Addressc/o George Farley, Yinnar, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, W Grant, 8 Mount Street, Staley Bridge Cheshire, England
Enlistment date18 August 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll25 August 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 11 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 22 September 1919

Military Medal

'On August 9th 1918, near ROSIERES a portion of the line was held up by an enemy machine gun. Private GRANT formed one of a bombing party sent forward to cope with this gun. He showed great coolness and courage in helping to clear out the post, bayonetting two of the enemy after the rest of his comrades had been shot down. he then turned the enemy machine gun on to another hostile post and forced the enemy to evacuate it by enfilade fire, inflicting severe casualties on them. His courage and presence of mind greatly facilitated the advance.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death13 September 1964
Place of burialCheltenham Memorial Park Cemetery

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