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John Sayers Percival STAFFORD

Place of birthDeloraine Tasmania
AddressPunt Road, South Yarra, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Rev J T 2Lt, 459 Punt Road, South Yarra, Victoria
Enlistment date22 March 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name6th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 19 August 1919

Military Cross

'Near Lihons, on 9th and 10th Sugust 1918, he led his platoon boldly throughout, and, at a critical stage when the attacking company was suffering severe casualties he dashed forward with his men, reinforced the leading wave, and greatly assisted them to carry on the advance. He displayed marked coolness and gallantry whilst leading his men, and inspired them by his courage in the face of heavy fire. Later, when all officers of another company had become casualties, he took charge, re-organized it, and superintended the consolidation of the line taken up.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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