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John James OWEN

ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMercer and draper
AddressCroydon, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinMother, Mrs S J Owen, Haroldene Holborrow Street, Croydon, New South Wales
Enlistment date16 March 1916
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name18th Battalion, 21st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 19 December 1917
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


'Work near Rainecourt on 9 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: "23 May and 8 August 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 9 July 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'During the advance of Rainecourt, east of Amiens, on 9th August, 1918, this officer led his men, with the greatest courage and skill, to their objective, personally superintending the consolidation of the position, moving from post to post under heavy machine gun and shell fire. In the advance he encountered a hostile post. He unhesitatingly rushed it, with one man, and killed or wounded the garrison of five.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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