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John Henry BORTHWICK

Regimental number12587
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationTraveller
AddressHighbury Street, Prospect, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Borthwick, Livingstone Street, Henley Park, South Australia
Previous military service76th Infantry
Enlistment date28 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentStaff Sergeant
Unit name11th Field Ambulance
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/54/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 31 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll43rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 9 April 1918

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in charge of his platoon, when he made a reconnaissance in force and successfully established an outpost, with but slight casualties, owing to his fine leadership. Throughout the night he displayed the greatest courage and determination moving over unknown ground, within very close range of hostile machine gun and rifle fire, and it was mainly due to his splendid example that the position was so long held.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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