|Place of birth||Sydney New South Wales|
|Other Names||MCDONALD, John Henwood|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Smith Street, Summer Hill, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||28|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs J McDonald, 66 Smith Street, Summer Hill, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Lieutenant|
|Unit name||20th Battalion, C Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/37/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport Berrima on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Major|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||20th Battalion|
|Recommendations (Medals and Awards)||
Mention in Despatches
Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).
|Fate||Returned to Australia
Distinguished Service Order
'On the 31st August 1918, during the attack on Mont St. Quentin, he advanced alone against an enemy machine gun nest, silencing two guns which were causing casualties and capturing the crews. On arrival at the objective, he rapidly re-organized and consolidated, reconnoitring the whole battalion front under heavy fire. Later, he personally directed a withdrawal in a most skilful manner, and, under very severe enemy fire, establishing himself in an admirable position with few casualties. Throughout he showed conspicuous gallantry and powers of leadership.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led his company in the most gallant manner and was largely repsonsible for the success of the operations. He set a fine example to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
|Other details||Medals: Military Cross, Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal|