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Jack Henry GRONO

Regimental number542
Place of birthAlbury, New South Wales
True NameGRONO , Jonathon Henry
ReligionChurch of England
Address19 Union Street, Newtown, Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19.1
Height5' 6"
Weight125 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elsie Grono, 19 Union Street, Newtown, Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date6 February 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'Work at Broodseinde Ridge on 8 October 1917.'
Recommendation date: 14 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 20 October 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Stated to be Jonathan Henry Grono on NR
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Jonathan and Elsie GRONO. Photo: Andrew Richardson

Military Medal

'For bravery and devotion to duty. During a daylight raid on enemy's trenches on BROODSEINDE RIDGE on morning of 8th October the party encountered heavy strong enemy positions with several machine guns. While 'B' Coy was advancing under cover 'A' Coy had to do so across the open. This brought them in full view of the enemy who subjected them to rifle and machine gun fire. Seeing this this N.C.O. took his section forward and engaged the machine gun with rifle fire. By doing this he drew the enemy's fire from 'A' Company upon himself. This enabled 'A' Company to carry out the raid successfully and to withdraw to their own lines. He remained in position and covered his own party's withdrawal. Number of participants in raid - 2 Officers 45 other ranks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Discharge date12 May 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Borda', 20 October 1918; disembarked, Sydney, about 19 December 1918; discharged (medically unfit: gun shot wound, left hand), Sydney, 12 May 1919.

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

Death attributed to War Service.
Date of death6 December 1938
Age at death40
Place of burialRookwood Necropolis, Sydney, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, GRONO Jack Henry

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