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John Francis LEWIN

Regimental number4028
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Lewin, 1 Carre Street, Elsternwick, Victoria
Previous military service20th Battery Australian Field Artillery
Enlistment date6 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 2, Reinforcement 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/30/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 20 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 29 April 1918

Military Medal


'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Le Peuplier near Caestre on the night of the 28-29th April 1918.'
Recommendation date: 16 May 1918

FateReturned to Australia 9 February 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at LE PEUPLIER near CAESTRE on the night of 28th/29th April, 1918. The enemy opened a heavy shell fire on the 102nd Battery Wagon Lines. These N.C.O.s. and men [LEWIN, 206 J. BENNETT, 160 E.G. CHUDLEIGH] showed great courage and devotion to duty in rescuing two men from under a tree, which had fallen on four men, killing two. The further shelling set fire to a dump of ammunition, which spread to the stables. They then turned their attention to the extinguishing of the fire, and afterwards to the release and withdrawal of the horses and other Government property. They showed great courage and determination throughout, and were conspicuous among a gallant party of 12 organised by Captain DOHERTY.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Date of death9 January 1963
Place of burialCarlton Cemetery

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