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John Bertmoore SHANNON

Regimental number438
Place of birthMackay Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressOxford Downs, Nebo, Mackay, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, John Bertmoore Shannon Snr, Oxford Downs, Nebo, Mackay, Queensland
Enlistment date9 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 13, Reinforcement 6
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/18/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 20 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 July 1919

Military Medal

'During the operations at PERONNE on 2nd September 1918 this N.C.O. had charge of a machine gun team, and he took his men and guns forward very skilfully in support of the Infantry, passing through heavy artillery and machine gun fire. He showed an absolute disregard of danger, and his coolness, bravery and devotion to duty set the best possible example to his men, whilst the work of his guns generally proved an important factor in the success of the operations.'
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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