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John Donald MACANSH

Regimental number185
Date of birth--/10/1883
Place of birthWarwick Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation overseer
Addressc/o Bank of NSW, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinMother, Mrs L Macansh, Wyndradine, Albion, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date6 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentActing Sergeant
Unit name5th Light Horse Regiment, A Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/10/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A34 Persic on 21 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Light Horse Regiment

2nd Lieutenant

Promotion date: 25 September 1917


Promotion date: 25 December 1917

FateReturned to Australia 15 January 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and leadership. This officer twice moved out with about 20 men to dislodge the enemy from some high ground. On the first occasion he was driven back, but later, working his way over difficult ground, he got close up, and attacked about 150 of them, capturing 26 prisoners, one machine gun and four automatic rifles, with ammunition and other material. His coolness had a great influence on his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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