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Joseph Albert MADDEN

Regimental number2435
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address9 Thomley, Street, Drummoyne, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFriend, A Small, 9 Thomley Street, Drummoyne, New South Wales
Enlistment date27 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 5 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 March 1919

Military Medal

'For gallantry and dash in a patrol encounter in "No Man's Land" at PONT ROUGE on the morning of the 8th March, 1918. It was due to the action of Privates [4557 R.] VICKERS, [2416 W.] MARSHALL and MADDEN, that the enemy were made to stand. Our patrol, was returning to our lines, covered by the patrol Officer and Privates VICKERS, MARSHALL and MADDEN, when they noticed a German Patrol, strength about 30, enter an old sap. The Officer went off to organise the main patrol for an assault, whilst the remainder of the covering party engaged the enemy with rifle fire and bombs, which was returned. When the patrol came up, [2333] Sergeant [C.G.] BISHOP and Privates VICKERS, MARSHALL and MADDEN rushed the trench from a flank and routed the enemy, who cleared off in the darkness, leaving behind 1 wounded and 3 dead Germans.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 120
Date: 7 August 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death24 March 1969
Place of burialMacquarie Park Cemetery

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