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Jack Charles HAYES

Regimental number948
Place of birthHay New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngine driver
Address24 Margaret Street, Enmore, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMrs B L Hayes, 24 Margaret Street, Enmore, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, H Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal Roll943
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Quartermaster Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 24 December 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an attack on a village. Seeing a unit on the left flank held up by rifle and machine gun fire, he took a patrol of five men across the river, and by skilful leadership succeeded in locating and rushing several enemy posts, capturing or killing the garrisons and clearing up the area in front of the right flank of the attacking troops for a considerable distance. In particular he rushed one strong post, capturing one officer, thirty one other ranks and seven machine guns. Altogether his party accounted for one officer, seventy one other ranks, and nine machine guns. He did splendid work and showed great courage and initiative.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

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