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John Bayley LANE

OccupationManaging law clerk
AddressLanesworth, Vernon Street, Strathfield, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinFather, B M Lane, Lanesworth, Vernon Street, Strathfield, New South Wales
Enlistment date17 April 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name20th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 9 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
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.

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448, 11 July 1919; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124, 30 October 1919.

Military Cross

Crossed through.
Recommendation date: 23 May 1918


'Work near Villers-Bretonneux on 8th & 9th August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 12 August 1916


Recommendation date: 14 August 1918

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry during the attack on 8th August 1918, east of Villers Bretonneux, near Amiens. Single handed he attacked an enemy strong point held by seventeen of the enemy with a machine gun, killing three of the occupants and capturing the remainder. The following day, near Framerville, after being wounded, he continued to lead his company, and after gaining his objective was again wounded, but refused to leave until the position had ben made secure. He se a splendid example of courage and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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