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John McDonald McCASH

Regimental number864
Place of birthPerth Scotland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationSailor
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Isabel McCash, 27 West End, Park Street, Glasgow, Scotland
Enlistment date12 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Sergeant Major
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


'Work on 8 and 9 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 11 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 May 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

' For conspicuous and gallantry and devotion to duty. This warranty officer was responsible for guiding two platoons through a thick fog on the first day of the attack, and got them to the right place by the time the fog lifted. The following day, when the advance continued, without the assistance of tanks, he swept aside all opposition by his determination, and it was mainly due to his action on the right flank of the company that the advance was successful'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Bar to Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On 8 August, 1918, in the early part of the advance during the fog, he was in charge of two platoons, ably assisting his company commander, and materially helping towards the success of the operations. At Harbonnieres, on 9 August he organized the advance of the right half company under heavy fire, and enabled it to proceed. At Peronne, on 2 September, 1918, by his coolness and good judgment under heavy fire, in assisting his company commander, many casualties were avoided.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Date of death21 July 1962
Place of burialSpringvale Cemetery

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