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John Joseph LUCK

Regimental number2285
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationCoal lumper
Address45 Kent Street, Millers Point, Millers Point,, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother
Enlistment date7 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 30 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 19 May 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 23 May 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 14 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on 9 August 1918. In the advance on Rainecourt he was on the left flank of the battalion, which was unprotected and exposed to fire from a strong post about 80 yards off. He and five men crawled within bombing range and then rushed in, capturing one officer, twenty nine other ranks, one anti tank gun, two heavy machine guns, and a Lewis gun. His prompt and fearless action was of the greatest value to the advance on that flank.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Military Medal

'In the attack on the morning of 19th instant near MORLANCOURT, after all the officers of the Company but one had been killed or wounded, a machine gun position was captured by a party led by this N.C.O. At this time the left flank was in the air. This N.C.O. took the captured gun out in front and covered the flank until the position was consolidated and the flank connected. Later in the day he came to the assistance of an officer and a N.C.O. who where mopping up a post which had been missed. He displayed great coolness and leadership of a high order.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Date of death2 September 1954
Place of burialRookwood Necropolis

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