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John Albert MAHER

Regimental number5930
Place of birthSingleton New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressCootamundra, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36
Next of kinBrother, Patrick Joseph Maher, Teacher, Braidwood, New South Wales
Enlistment date6 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 7 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Divisional Signal Company
FateReturned to Australia 31 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the period 6th to 18th April, 1918, near HANGARD, although attached for other duties, volunteered for duty as linesman and proved himself well worthy of recommendation. He, in company with Sapper CATO worked on telephone line maintenance with wonderful endurance. He worked backwards and forwards through the enemy fire repairing the lines, showing great determination and disregard for hostile fire, taking cover only when the communications were through. His courage and coolness at all times, and his excellent devotion to duty were very fine.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 1
Date: 2 April 1973

MM Bar


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75
Date: 17 June 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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