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Regimental number18
Place of birthBrisbane Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressPolice Station, Ashgrove, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinSister, Mrs P McCoy, Police Station, Ashgrove, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date7 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name1 Australian General Hospital (November 1914)
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A55 Kyarra on 21 November 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Ambulance
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'(Near Ypres) Conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while in charge of stretcher-bearers, setting fine personal example.'
Recommendation date: 2 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 25 January 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name spelt John Forrest Lightbody on Nominal Roll.

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on 20th September, 1917, and on the three days following at CLAPHAM JUNCTION on the MENIN ROAD near YPRES, he was in charge of Stretcher Bearers, and his personal example of coolness and courage and his untiring enery in clearing the front line of wounded under very heavy shell fire was of the greatest value to the Regimental Medical Officer of the 6th Australian Infantry Battalion. He worked unceasingly for 40 hours, refusing rest, until the front line was absolutely clear of wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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