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John Livingstone ROBERTS

Regimental number3250
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBlacksmith striker
AddressGordon Street, Marrickville, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Roberts, Gordon Street, Marrickville, New South Wales
Enlistment date14 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 20 December 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll3290
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 6 July 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Hargicourt, on 18 September, 1918. His officer, having become a casualty, he assumed command and led his men forward with great skill and dash. When his platoon was held up by machine gun fire from two enemy guns, he led a charge forward, killing and wounding the crews and capturing the guns thus enabling the advance to continue to the successful capture of the objective. Throughout he showed great courage and leadership.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 20
Date: 19 February 1920

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