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John Richard PARKER

Regimental number38
Place of birthBallarat Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressLal Lal
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFather, John Richard Parker, Lal Lal
Enlistment date18 March 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll4 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name24th Battalion, Transport Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089 (31 December 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61 (23 May 1919).2

FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919

Meritorious Service Medal

'As Transport Sergeant of this Battalion, the work of this N.C.O. has always been praiseworthy and of the highest order. His work during the temporary absence of the Transport Officer on duty often occasioned quick action. In the attack on MONT ST. QUENTIN on 1st September, 1918, the work of the Transport Section was exceedingly difficult. This N.C.O. reconnoitred the roads leading round the bend of the river through CLERY to Battalion Headquarters in the ravine, and got the limbers and rations through successfully, being continuously under fire. At MONTBREHAIN on 5th October, 1918, this N.C.O.was again conspicuous in the forward area, and was largely responsible for the supply of rations and ammunition in the front line during the attack both on the BEAUREVOIR System, and the village of MONTBREHAIN. On the night of 3rd October, 1918, during the attack on the BEAUREVOIR System, he personally superintended the delivery of the rations to the front line itself. PARKER's experience and devotion has largely contributed to the maintenance of an efficient Transport Section, and which so materially aided in the later successful operations of the Battalion.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 113
Date: 6 October 1919

Other detailsMedals: Meritorious Service Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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