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John Pembroke STEELE

Regimental number10799
Place of birthEastwood South Australia
ReligionChurch of Christ
AddressThomas Street, North Croydon, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Steele, Thomas Street, North Croydon, South Australia
Enlistment date11 October 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll28 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameDivisional Signal Company 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/13/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 25 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Divisional Signal Company
FateReturned to Australia 10 May 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry in action and devotion to duty. On 24th April, 1918, near VAUX SUR SOMME, during an attack by the enemy, this soldier worked continuously for twenty four hours repairing lines, under heavy enemy shell fire and gas attacks. Time and time again this soldier volunteered to go out and repair breaks in the line, always in the face of great danger without any fear for his own personal safety. At one period of the battle it was imperative that the line should be repaired without delay. This he accomplished although compelled to wear his gas mask and was under very heavy enemy shell fire. His action and bravery was the admiration of everyone near him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 1
Date: 2 January 1919

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