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William JOHNSON

Regimental number4452
Place of birthLancashire England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressToongabbie, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs A S Johnson, Walk Mill, Broughton-in-Furness, Lancashire, England
Enlistment date1 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 9 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll19th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 6 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 20 November 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations of 11th August 1918 against RAINECOURT East of AMIENS, this N.C.O. rendered conspicuous service in organising firing positions for the Lewis guns during the consolidation of the front line. In his capacity as Lewis gun Corporal he moved continuously from post to post, visiting his guns although exposed to heavy enemy machine gun and sniping fire. With remarkable coolness he directed and maintained the covering fire of this guns while the men dug in. The splendid work of this N.C.O. in effectively harassing the enemy considerably hastened the work of consolidation and saved casualties. His keenness and disregard for personal safety were most marked and he was responsible for heavy casualties being inflicted on the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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