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Jack Allan SCHMIDT

Regimental number5877
Place of birthPort Melbourne Victoria
OccupationCarriage builder
Address264 Bridge Street, Port Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, John Schmidt, 264 Bridge Street, Port Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date19 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 2 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll23rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 December 1918

Military Medal

'At HERLEVILLE, East of AMIENS, during minor operations from the 13th to 18th August, 1918 this N.C.O. displayed great courage and initiative. Following a penetration into the enemy's trench system he personally led, in the face of heavy machine gun fire, a bombing party capturing 1 Machine Gun and killing the crew. On the nights of 14th, 15th and 16th August under heavy Machine Gun fire, he made daring reconnaissances into NO MAN'S LAND and brought back valuable information of the enemy dispositions. His work was of the greatest value to the subsequent operation on the 18th August.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

MM Bar

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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