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John Robert PETTY

Regimental number6093
Date of birth4 October 1884
Place of birthGippsland, Victoria
SchoolNewtown Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm hand
AddressKellerberrin, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinFather, J Petty, Marrickville, New South Wales
Enlistment date4 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 7 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (Awarded)

Devotion to duty as runner and guide throughout constant heavy fire.' (East of Ypres 19-21 september 1917).
Recommendation date: 7 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 12 December 1918

Military Medal

'During the operations eas to YPRES on 19/21st September, 1917, Pte. PETTY was employed as Company Runner and guide and was of the utmost assistance, firstly in guiding the Company into position, then throughout the advance and after the first objective was gained, he continued to run messages and keep up communication which necessitated his being continuously in the open and always passing over the shell swept area in rear, regardless of personal safety.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 1243 Pte william PETTY, 10th Mobile Veterinary Section, returned to Australia, 26 July 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Twice wounded in action.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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