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John Bernard SKELTON

Regimental number1330
Place of birthWest Maitland New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationBootmaker
AddressLockayr, Coogee Street, Randwick, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Thomas George Skelton, 19 Kingston Road, Newtown, New South Wales
Enlistment date8 March 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'These men [19 L.O. McCRAE, SKELTON, 251 A. JACKSON] besides carrying messages, each made several journeys up to the enemy's wire, endeavouring to locate points where our troops had entered. The information that they brought back was of considerable value when the situation was still obscure. Private McCRAE at night guided a party of stretcher bearers out to the enemy's wire. This party brought in 50 wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Bar to Military Medal

'These Battalion runners [ 5442 F.T.S. Jones, 1991 A. Robertson, 2529 E.A. Polkinghorne, and Skelton] were several times on the evening of 9th August 1918 during the advance towards RAINECOURT, east of AMIENS, sent with messages to the Companies. They had to travel through a heavy machine gun and artillery barrage and locate the Companies at a time when the position had not been clearly defined. They showed not the slightest hesitation and by their courage and reliability rendered valuable service to the Battalion.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No . 75
Date: 17 June 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death1 July 1972
Place of burialRookwood Necropolis

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