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John Donald SCHRODER

Regimental number3127
Date of birth--/10/1895
Place of birthPyrmont New South Wales
AddressBarton Street, Mayfield, Newcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, C H Schroder, Barton Street, Mayfield, Newcastle, New South Wales
Enlistment date8 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 8 October 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF57
Promotion date: 29 July 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30107 (1 June 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169 (4 October 1917).

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When an infantry brigade took up a fresh line this officer worked night and day for nearly thrity six hours salving wire and erecting telephonic communication, until every company and battalion were linked up. Again, on shifting their position, this officer worked all night in setting up a complete system of communication, which he established and maintained in spite of heavy shelling.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When his brigade was placed under orders of another division, and had to make a night attack, it became urgently necessary to improvise means of communications. He volunteered to lay a cable, which he accomplished and maintained throughout the operation, despite immense difficulties, the whole area being drenched with high explosives and gas. As soon as the final objective had been reached, communications were opened and maintained, this officer working day and night for three days until relieved, and inspiring his men by his example.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross and Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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