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John Williiam RIDGWAY

Regimental number16769
Place of birthBurton On Trent England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngine driver
AddressProspect, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFriend, J Deakin, 52 Gladstone Road, Prospect, South Australia
Enlistment date31 July 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameJanuary 1917 Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/99/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 10 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 9 August 1919

Military Medal

'On 21.9.17 while stationed at 19th Battalion R.A.P. near WESTHOEK the members of this squad displayed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty whilst continuously carrying wounded from that post to Bellewaarde Ridge under very heavy shell fire of all kins, H.E., shrapnel and gas shells. On several occasions these men volunteered to carry urgent cases during a very intense period of the barrage. Throughout the action they showed great courage and devotion to duty, working continuously, and were responsible for saving many lives.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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