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John James OLIVER

Regimental number553
Place of birthSmeaton Victoria
ReligionBaptist
OccupationMiner
AddressMoore Street, Ararat, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinWife, Mrs Rhoda May Oliver, Clunes, Victoria
Enlistment date3 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name39th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/56/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 27 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Light Trench Mortar Battery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


'Conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on 7-9 June 1917, South of Messines.'
Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

FateReturned to Australia 30 April 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty whilst in charge of a Stokes mortar. Although his emplacement was blown in and his gun buried, he twice succeeded in mounting it and keeping it in action under intense artillery and machine gun fire. Throughout the whole operation he did magnificent work, and set a wonderful example to his team by his cheerfulness and disregard for danger.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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