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John STURROCK

Regimental number13972
Place of birthSouth Melbourne Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
AddressEast Brunswick, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinBrother, B Sturrock, 11 Victoria Street, East Brunswick, Victoria
Enlistment date16 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameArmy Medical Corps, Special Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/99/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A61 Kanowna on 1 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 24 December 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'The 5th Australian Divisional Main Dressing Station in DAOURS, east of AMIENS, on the morning of 20th May, 1918, was under bombardment with shells of large calibre and sustained a direct hit. In spite of this shelling Private STURROCK continued with the utmost coolness to discharge his duties in the Operating Theatre during an operation for the amputation of a wounded man's thigh. His coolness was well exemplified by the way in which he anticipated the needs of the surgeons. The Dressing Station sustained a second direct hit, which demolished the Operating Theatre just as the operation was completed. Private STURROCK assisted to remove the patient to a cellar near by where the wound was cleaned and dressed and the patient successfully evacuated. While this was being done this soldier was indefatigable in going backwards and forwards between the Dressing Station and cellar under heavy shell fire to obtain dressings for his patient and two other patients who were under treatment in the theatre. The conduct of Private STURROCK under these trying circumstances was an inspiring example to all and doubtless saved many lives.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death25 December 1960
Place of burialFawkner Cemetery

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