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John Patrick ROCHRIG

Regimental number2772
Place of birthMiles Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, Frederick Rochrig, Gladfield via Warwick, Queensland
Enlistment date23 November 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 December 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name35th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/52/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 25 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 13 December 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'At CHUIGNES, FRANCE on 23rd August, 1918 for conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. He was a platoon Leader, and when his Company advance was temporarily held up, he worked forward, and, by successful bombing, was able to clear a Machine Gun post, and enabled the advance to continue. Later, he from an exposed position, and under heavy Machine Gun fire, covered the return of a reconnioting patrol whilst in this exposed position he was wounded. Throughout he displayed great courage, and aided considerably the advance and the speedy capture of the objective with the minimum of casualties.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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