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John Patrick KING

Regimental number10697
Place of birthTeesdale Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressTeesdale, via Geelong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Christina King, Teesdale, via Geelong, Victoria
Enlistment date4 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameDivisional Signal Company 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/13/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 25 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Divisional Signal Company
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and tenacious devotion to duty on 24th April, 1918, Lance Corporal KING worked from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. under heavy shell fire all the time, repairing telephone lines in the village of BONNAY and between there and the Advanced Brigade Headquarters in J.19 (South of the River ANCRE). He was in charge of several linesmen whom he employed with skill and led with dogged persistance and utter disregard for danger. The lines he was working on were constantly being cut on both sides of him but he continued his efforts throughout the bombardment with splendid determination.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 1
Date: 2 January 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death4 December 1957

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