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John RAY

Date of birth19 February 1878
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSoldier
Address35A Coventry Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation37
Next of kinWife, Mrs E M Ray, 35A Coventry Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date1 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name2nd Divisional Ammunition Column
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/90/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A39 Port Macquarie on 16 November 1915
Promotions

Major


Unit: 2nd Division Artillery
Promotion date: 31 January 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, 1 June 1917; 'Commonwealth Gazette', 4 October 1917.
Recommendation date: 2 October 1916

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, 28 December 1917; 'Commonwealth Gazette', 18 April 1918. Recommended on two other occasions (undated) for an MID: not awarded.
Recommendation date: 25 April 1917

Officer de l'Ordre de Leopold


DSO awarded.
Recommendation date: 25 April 1917

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll
Age at death from cemetery records41
Place of burialTincourt New British Cemetery (Plot V, Row B, Grave No. 13), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
21
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Jane RAY; husband of Elsie RAY, 35A, Coventry Street, South Melbourne, Australia
Medals

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He showed great skill and initiative when the enemy obtained a footing to the rear of his battery. He pulled his guns out of their pits, reversed them, and opened fire on the enemy, inflicting heavy casualties, thus rendering valuable assistance at a critical moment,'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

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

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