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John Patrick SCANLON

Regimental number955
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressFussell Place, Alberton, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation34
Next of kinWife, Mrs Kathleen Mary Scanlon, Fussell Place, Alberton, South Australia
Enlistment date21 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Light Horse Regiment, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/14/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A59 Botanist on 2 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Surname spelt SCANLAN on Nominal Roll.
Medals

Military Medal

'At POLYGON WOOD near HOOGE on the 29th/30th September 1917 No. 955 Sergeant J.P. SCANLON of 'D' Company 32nd Battalion A.I.F. showed commendable courage and devotion to duty. His platoon was scattered in shell holes in an area that was constantly under rifle and machine gun fire. This N.C.O. regardless of danger moved about amongst his men by day and night. His coolness averted several casualties and inspired his men. By his tenacity his platoon was able to hold the ground in spite of heavy casualties and thus afforded support for the Company in front which was being attacked. His devotion to duty and his courage is deserving of special recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Date of death31 January 1954

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