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Jonathan Allan HOLDSWORTH

Regimental number1703
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMotor driver
Address14 Collins Street, Annandale, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinWife, Mrs L Holdsworth, 14 Collins Street, Annandale, New South Wales
Enlistment date13 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name18th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A61 Kanowna on 19 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Work near Villers Bretonneux on 8 August 1918 and near Rainecourt on 9 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 14 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 6 May 1919

Military Cross

'In the operations on the 8th August 1918, in front of Villers-Bretonneux, near Amiens, he showed conspicuous gallantry and great initiative. A thick fog covered the atack, and the advancing troops became very mixed. He several times, with any men he could collect, attacked enemy strong posts and positions. He personally accounted for five of the enemy and sent back thirty prisoners. On the 9th August, 1918, in the advance towards Rainecourt, he showed great gallantry in organizing the attacking line under very heavy machine gun fire.
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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