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Richard Watson JANE

Regimental number8915
Place of birthClunes, Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationOrchardist
AddressSpringvale, Glen Waverley, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 8.25"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinFather, R Jane, Springvale, Glen Waverley, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date2 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit name2nd Divisional Ammunition Column
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/90/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A39 Port Macquarie on 16 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 1 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 21 December 1918
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'At Hargicourt, on the morning of the 29 September, 1918, he was in charge of a gun which was situated in a very exposed position on the right flank of the battery. Soon after our barrage opened, a heavy counter barrage was put down close to the battery; two of his detachment were casualties, but with great coolness and courage he continued to work his gun so that continuous fire was maintained. Shortly afterwards he was severely wounded in the arm, but still continued to work the gun until ordered to desist.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 20
Date: 19 February 1920

Discharge date21 March 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Taken on strength, 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column, and posted to Brigade Ammunition Column, 3 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 March 1916.

Appointed Temporary Bombardier, 9 May 1916; promoted Bombardier, same day.

Transferred to 5th Field Artillery Brigade, in the field, 26 August 1917, and posted to 105th Battery.

Detached to Australian General Base Depot, 29 November 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 1 December 1917.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 27 October 1917; Corporal, 27 January 1918; Temporary Sergeant, 15 May 1918; Sergeant, 15 August 1918.

Wounded in action, 29 September 1918 (shell wound, right elbow), admitted to Field Ambulance and transferred same day to 12th Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 19, 29 September 1918, and admitted to 6th General Hospital, Rouen, 30 September 1918. Transferred to England, 3 October 1918, and admitted to 2nd Western General Hospital, Manchester, 4 October 1918. discharged on furlough, 6 November 1918, to report to No 4 Command Depot, 21 November 1918.

Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal [but recipinent had still not been informed of the award by June 1919; it was not published in the 'Commonwealth Gazette' until 17 June 1919].

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Mamari', 21 December 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 4 February 1919; discharged, Melbourne (medically unfit), 21 March 1919.

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

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