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Herbert Henry JOHNS

Regimental number16229
Place of birthPetersburgh, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngine cleaner
AddressTerowie, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 5.25"
Weight122 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs F M Johns, Henry Street, Croydon Park, Kilkenny, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in Senior Cadets (78th Bn); moved to Exempt Area under Compulsory Military Training scheme. Previously rejected for AIF enlistment on account of teeth.
Enlistment date14 March 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameNovember 1916 Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/99/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 16 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Ambulance
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'On 25th April, 1918, in CACHY near VILLERS BRETONNEUX, East of Amiens, Pte. JOHNS was working with the Bearers of the Field Ambulance at the R.A.P. While the village was being subjected to am intense bombardment, he saw some men buried by the falling ruins of a house. Pte. JOHNS at once called on his squad and went to the rescue. Regardless of the rain of shell around them the survivors were dug out and carried in safety to the shlter of a cellar by the squad. Pte. JOHNS was conspicuous throughout the whole 24 hours of heavy bearer work by his courage and cheerfulness wholehearted work.'

FateReturned to Australia 23 June 1919

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 1
Date: 2 January 1919

Discharge date14 September 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Orita', 23 June 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 6 August 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), 14 September 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, JOHNS Herbert Henry

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