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Laurence JOHNS

Regimental number2697
Place of birthAdelaide South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBank clerk
AddressP O, Port Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, E Johns, Postmaster, Port Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military service76th Infantry
Enlistment date9 December 1914
Rank on enlistmentSergeant (Steward)
Unit name4th Light Horse Field Ambulance
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 23 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Light Horse Regiment
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30107 (1 June 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette No. 169 (4 October 1917).

FateReturned to Australia 20 November 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in South Australian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty during the recent operations to the east of YPRES on 15th October, 1917. This N.C.O. was in charge of a bearer sub-division; while he was at a post near ZONNEBEKE enemy fire in the surrounding area became very heavy and a number of casualties occurred. Sergeant JOHNS went out while the fire was at its hottest, dressed men in the open and assisted others to the post. His conduct throughout the operations from 15th/20th October, 1917, was of the very highest order and was a gallant example to the men in his charge.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death23 June 1950

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