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John Stevenson RIGG

Regimental number1968
Place of birthOban Scotland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
Addressc/o Mrs Kimber, 20 Stuart Street, Maylands, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinSister, May Rigg, Kinlock Marden, Argyleshire, Scotland
Enlistment date9 March 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll6 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 26 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 28 February 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During operations near VILLERS BRETONNEUX on night 25th/26th April, in a local advance to improve our position, RIGG showed great bravery and devotion to duty. He went forward with his machine gun in the advance and was blown up by a shell and badly shaken, he refused to leave and eventually brought his gun into action in the front line covering the infantry during consolidation. By his brave determination and devotion to duty he set his gun team a splendid example.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15/4/2/1919

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