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Joseph Lexden SHELLSHEAR

Date of birth31 July 1885
Other NamesJoseph Lexdon
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMedical practitioner
AddressOlive Street, Albury, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 7"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs M M C Shellshear, Lissongrove, Hawthorn, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military service17th Battery, Australian Field Artillery
Enlistment date16 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentMajor
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 5, Battery 13
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/33/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 18 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant-Colonel
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Medical Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette No. 103 (29 June 1917).

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette, second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).


Distinguished Service Order

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57
Date: 18 April 1918

Discharge date17 November 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked from Sydney, 16 October 1915; disembarked Suez, 21 December 1915.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 25 March 1916. Taken on strength, 22nd Field Artillery Brigade, 7 July 1916. Taken on strength, 5th Field Artillery Brigade, and posted to 13th Battery, 26 July 1916.

Transferred to 3rd Division Artillery, 1 November 1916. Promoted Temporary Lt-Colonel while commanding a brigade in England, 6 November 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 30 December 1916. Transferred to 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column, 6 January 1917. Mentioned in Despatches, 13 November 1916, for 'distinguished and gallant services in the field and devotion to duty in the field'. Transferred to 2nd Division Artillery. Appointed temporarily to command 4th Field Artillery Brigade, and to retain temporary rank of Lt-Colonel, 17 April 1917. Appointed Lt-Colonel, 17 April 1917. To England on leave, 9 November 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 30 November 1917. Awarded the DSO. Rejoined 4th FAB from Overseas Artillery School, 25 March 1918.

Transferred to Australian Army Medical Corps, 3 April 1918, and reverted to rank of Major at own request. Proceeded to England for duty with AAMC, 3 April 1918. Attached for duty to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 7 April 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 14 November 1918; marched in to No. 3 Australian General Hospital, 15 November 1918. On leave to Paris, 18 December 1918; rejoined 3 AGH from leave, 28 December 1918.

Disembarked England from France, 7 March 1919. Granted leave with pay and subsistence, 12 June-12 September 1919, to undertake medical study; leave without pay, 13 September-12 December 1919. Period of Non-Military Employment cancelled as from 8 November 1919. Resigned appointment in the AIF on being demobilised in London, 17 November 1919.

Medals: Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Undertook postgraduate medical training in the United Kingdom and the United States, 1921-22; became Professor of Anatomy, Hong Kong.
SourcesMichael Blunt, 'John Irvine Hunter of the Sydney Medical School 1898-1924', Sydney University Press, 1985, pp. 51, 69-70.

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