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John LUGG

Regimental number129
Place of birthMitcham, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBricklayer
AddressElphyn Road, Mitcham, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height6' 0"
Weight149 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Henrietta Lugg, Elphyn Road, Mitcham, South Australia
Previous military service78th Infantry (2 years, still serving)
Enlistment date1 July 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Henrietta LUGG
Medals

Military Medal

'During the advance from FONTAINE le CAPPY to the river SOMME on the 27th/29th August 1918, Lance Corporal LUGG displayed fine courage, initiative, and devotion to duty. West of ASSEVILLERS the Company came under heavy machine gun and artillery fire and Lance Corporal LUGG immediately took charge of the left half of his platoon, got them under cover quickly, and worked them into advantageous positions. Soon afterwards finding his platoon Commander wounded he went out and brought him in under heavy machine gun fire. During the remainder of the advance he continued to render valuable assistance to his Company commander by the able manner in which he handled his platoon. His fine courage and the cheerful manner in which his work was executed throughout was worthy of much praise and recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Discharge date20 July 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2259 Sergeant James LUGG MM, 27th Bn, returned to Australia, 13 April 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 18 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Found guilty, 21 January 1916, of disobedience of orders - failing to report on 1400 hours parade: awarded 3 days' confined to barracks and forfeits 2 days' pay.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Admitted to No 8 Field Ambulance, 2 August 1916; transferred to No 1 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 2 August 1916; to No 15 Field Ambulance, 3 August 1916; to Special Hospital, Boeschepe, 10 August 1916 (gunshot wound, left thigh).

Found guilty by Field General Courts Martial, Boeschepe, 14 August 1916, of neglect to the prejudice of good order and military discipline by carelessly wounding himself in the knee: sentenced to 2 months' Field Punishment No 1; sentence confirmed by General Officer Commanding, 2nd Army Corps, 15 August 1916.

To No 15 Casualty Clearing Station, 16 September 1916; to No 8 Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, 18 September 1916; to Base Details, 19 September 1916; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 20 September 1916, from No 3 Large Rest Camp.

Marched out to unit, 30 October 1916; rejoined 32nd Bn, 31 October 1916.

Wounded in action, 27 November 1916, and admitted to 14 Corps Rest Station the same day (gunshot wound, left thigh, right side); to No 34 Casualty Clearing Station, no date stated; to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Rouen, 4 December 1916; To England, 8 December 1916; to War Hospital, Reading, 9 December 1916; to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 17 January 1917; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 19 January 1917.

Transferred to 70th Bn, England, and taken on strength of 70th Bn, the same day.

Transferred to 69th Draft Bn, England, 19 September 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 14 October 1917; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Le Havre, 15 October 1917.

Marched out to unit, 18 October 1917; taken on strength of 32nd Bn, 26 October 1917.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 16 May 1918 (gas); admitted to No 5 Australian Field Ambulance, 16 May 1918; transferred to No 20 Casualty Clearing Station, 16 May 1918 (gassed, shell); to No 41 Stationary Hospital, 16 May 1918; discharged to unit, 30 May 1918; rejoined 32nd Bn, 3 June 1918.

Promoted to Lance Corporal, 2 July 1918.

On leave to England, 7 November 1918; rejoined unit, 24 November 1918.

Marched out of 32nd Bn to England, 3 February 1919; marched into 2nd Training Brigade Convalescent Camp, 15 February 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Liverpool on board HT 'Wyreema', 13 April 1919.

Awarded the Military Medal, 14 May 1919.

Disembarked Adelaide, 27 May 1919; discharged Adelaide, 20 July 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Death due to collapse of right lung and attributed to war service.
Date of death18 May 1934
Age at death38
Place of burialMitcham Cemetery, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, LUGG John

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