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Regimental number1956
Place of birthCorowa, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address17 Mary Street, St Kilda, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 6"
Weight122 lbs
Next of kinFather, George Mapleback, Merram Park, Barham, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the Senior Cadets; 2 years in the Citizen Military Forces: still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date28 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 March 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name39th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/56/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Orontes on 16 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Divisional Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 2 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 20 October 1918

Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty. During the advance on ZONNEBEKE RIDGE on 26th September, 1917, Sapper DAVIS, accompanied by 1956 Sapper John Joseph MAPLEBACK, with their amplifiers and high power buzzers, advanced with the attacking waves of infantry and established themselves at GARTER POINT. Their instruments were twice smashed by shell fire, and on each occasion both returned to a rear station for new instruments and brought them forward to GARTER PINT, proceeding each time through heavy enemy barrages. By their dogged determination and sense of duty, communication was secured between Brigade Headquarters and Brigade Forward Station during the attack.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Discharge date9 May 1920
Family/military connectionsFather: 9406 Sapper George MAPLEBACK, 4th Divisional Signal Company, returned to Australia, 13 March 1918; 2650 Pte George MAPLEBACK, 6th Bn, died of wounds, 7 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Borda', 20 October 1918; disembarked Adelaide, 15 December 1918, for onward travel by rail to Melbourne; discharged, Melbourne, 9 May 1920.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death17 June 1965
Place of burialSpringvale Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, MAPLEBACK John Joseph

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