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John Joseph James O'SULLIVAN

Regimental number5168
Place of birthRichmond, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address78 Gardiner Street, Richmond, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 5"
Weight114 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sara Ann O'Sullivan, Spica Street, Southern Cross, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for AIF enlistment on account of teeth)
Enlistment date1 February 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 1 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 14 July 1918

FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. At VILLE-sur-ANCRE, South West of ALBERT, on 4th July 1918, in an attack on the enemy position, when a machine gun on the flank of his platoon was causing casualties, he ran along the trench bombing the garrison, and put the enemy machine gun out of action, killing or taking prisoner the crew. His prompt actions and disregard of danger undoubtedly relieved a situation which was becoming serious.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Discharge date14 August 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, 11 May 1916. Taken on strength, 59th Bn, 19 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 21 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 30 June 1916.

Detached to 5th Divisional Grenade School of Instruction, 17 September 1916; rejoined unit from detachment, 22 September 1916.

Detached to 5th Divisional Grenade School of Instruction, 28 September 1916; rejoined unit from detachment, 9 November 1916.

Wounded in action, 11 May 1917 (contusion, arm), and admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance; transferred to 5th Divisional Rest Station, 12 May 1917; discharged to duty, 17 May 1917; rejoined unit, 20 May 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 19 August 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 1 September 1917.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 26 September 1917 (gun shot wound, back and chest), and admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, and thence to Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to 14th Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, 27 September 1917; to England, 28 September 1917, and admitted same day to Guildford War Hospital, Surrey; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 26 October 1917; discharged on furlough, 29 October 1917, to report to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 14 November 1917.

Marched out to Army Service Corps Camp, Fovant, for temporary duty, 4 December 1917.

Marched in to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 29 December 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 23 January 1918; rejoined unit, in the field, 29 January 1918.

On Command to Corps Gas School, 25 May 1918; rejoined unit, 3 June 1918.

Awarded Military Medal.

Wounded in action (third occasion), 31 August 1918 (shell wound, right knee), and admitted to 91st Field Ambulance; transferred same day to 61st Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 22, 1 September 1918, and admitted to 10th General Hospital, Rouen, 1 September 1918; to 2nd Convalescent Depot, 3 September 1918; to Base Depot, Havre, 2 October 1918; rejoined unit, in the field, 11 October 1918.

On leave to Paris, 26 December 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 18 January 1919.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 30 March 1919; marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 30 March 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Orontes', 15 May 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 28 June 1919; discharged, 14 August 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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