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Richard Ernest JONES

Regimental number3551
Place of birthNewtown New South Wales
OccupationBlacksmith
AddressKingsland Road, Arncliffe, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Carruthers, Kingsland Road, Arncliffe, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date20 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 2 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll45th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 9 April 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For courage and devotion to duty during the attack on DERNANCOURT RIDGE South West of ALBERT on 5th April, 1918. When all the officers near him were killed and wounded he rallied the men and led them on. He found that his left flank was exposed, so, taking some men from his second wave he made a defensive flank. by this act he averted what would have been a critical position. Although wounded he carried on until wounded a second time.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

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