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John Henry PALMER

Regimental number2447
Place of birthSt Arnaud Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBoilermaker
AddressAlexander Street, Booval, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Martha Ann Palmer, Alexander Street, Booval via Ipswich, Queensland
Enlistment date20 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Pioneer Battalion, Reinforcement 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/16/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A50 Itonus on 8 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Field Company Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (Altered from Distinguished Conduct Medal)


'Work near Villers-Bretonneux on 8 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 11 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 3 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. In the attack east of VILLERS BRETONNEUX near AMIENS on the 8th August, Sapper PALMER was with a section accompanying the assaulting Battalion. On the final objective being reached East of HARBONNIERES, a long range 11 1/2 inch gun on railway mounting was seen on a siding 200 yards beyond front line. A locomotive with several ammunition wagons and coaches which were on fire was also on the siding. Without hesitation this man volunteered and went forward with his Section Officer, and in spite of enemy machine and rifle fire, assisted to raise steam on the locomotive, shunt the burning coaches onto another siding, couple up with gun and ammunition wagons and bring these back safely into our own lines. His great courage and determination in the face of the enemy resulted in the capture of an extremely valuable gun and locomotive, and is worthy of the very highest recognition.'

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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