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John Reginald HERBERT

Regimental number3359
Place of birthMonmouth England
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressSouthport, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinWife, Mrs Elizabeth Herbert, c/o J Herbert, Cavendish Road, Coorparoo, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date5 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name47th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/64/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A33 Ayrshire on 24 January 1917
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 24 December 1918

Military Medal

'During the attack on 8th August 1918, East of VILLERS BRETONNEUX, near AMIENS, this N.C.O. was on the extreme right of his Battalion. He displayed great courage and initiative by crossing the railway line many times, mopping up individuals of the enemy who were holding out and sniping our men, and always kept close touch with the troops attacking on the South side of the railway. On the following days of the advance, he twice organised small parties and rushed enemy posts, inflicting many casualties on the enemy and capturing several prisoners. Owing to his energy, his flank was never in doubt. He inspired confidence in all ranks by his fine display of bravery and initiative, and when most of the officers became casualties, he took command and led the men in fine style. He has rendered conspicuous service throughout the whole of the operations of the past six months.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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