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John James MYERS

Regimental number619
Place of birthMarong near Bendigo, Victoria
SchoolMarist Brothers (Catholic) College, Bendigo, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressDaylesford, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Enlistment date10 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Sergeant Major
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 30 August 1916

Other details from Roll of Honour Circular

Volunteered for active service in Sept 1914, sailed in the troopship 'Ulysses' on Dec 22nd 1914. Took part in the landing on Gallipoli. Wounded four times and awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field in August 1916.

FateKilled in Action 5 May 1918
Place of death or woundingVillers-Bretonneux, France
Age at death21.8
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialCrucifix Corner Cemetery (Plot III, Row C, Grave No. 23), Villers-Bretonneux, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Rebecca Ellen MYERS, Police Station, Northcote, Victoria. Native of Marong, Victoria

Military Medal

'Night 27th/28th August, 1916 at MOUQUET FARM. For leading bombing squads which successfully entered enemy strong point 54, and pushed forward into strongly held communication trenches, holding same, and inflicting heavy casualties on a large body of the enemy troops, and thus covering our consolidating party. These two N.C.O.s [MYERS and 2636 Edgar John RULE] threw bombs untiringly, and it is due to their personal heroism that the enemy were held back for some time, thus giving us time to prepare for their counter attack. They stood to their posts under heavy shell fire with undaunted courage.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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