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Jack Stephen MEHAN

Regimental number9406
Place of birthTownsville Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationAssistant engineer surveyor
AddressBank of Australasia, Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs T Mehan, C/o Mrs F Derwent Wood, 18 Carlisle Street, Chelsea, London Sqw, England
Enlistment date17 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit name5th Field Artillery Brigade Reinforcement 1
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/33/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 18 November 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Division Artillery
FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Under heavy enemy shelling from a 15 cm. battery he went alone into the ammunition pit and extinguished a fire which had been started in the ammunition and camouflage. His courageous action not only saved the guns and a large quantity of ammunition, but also prevented the fire assuming such proportions as would have given the enemy valuable indications of our intentions.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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