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John Rosyth MITCHELL

Regimental number5404
Date of birth14 September 1892
Place of birthLaura, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressFullarton, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, R Mitchell, Glen Osmond Road, Fullarton Estate, South Australia
Enlistment date3 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 11 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 13 July 1918

FateReturned to Australia 20 April 1919

Military Medal

'In an operation near MERRIS on June 28th 1918, Private MITCHELL as company runner carried messages to advancing platoons through heavy enemy machine gun and artillery fire. On 3 occasions he was successful in reaching the foremost positions, carrying three boxes of bombs and delivering his messages. Again on 30th June at the same place he carried bombs through an enemy barrage to a platoon post which the enemy were attempting to raid. He displayed courage and determination throughout the operation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death4 August 1985
Age at death92

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