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John Thomas WALSH

Regimental number7343
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressDarlinghurst, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinFather, R K Walsh, 180 Forbes Street, Darlinghurst, New South Wales
Enlistment date14 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 24th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 February 1917
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll

Military Medal

'On 4th July, 1918, in the operation against VAIRE WOOD, east of CORBIE, Lance Corporal WALSH was in charge of a section responsible for keeping touch with the unit on our right flank. He was wounded in the leg early in the action but realising the importance of his duty carried on, and maintained connection until the ultimate objective was reached. Here he gallantly led his section against a nest of enemy snipers, all of whom were either killed or taken prisoner. After, a Lewis gun section in his Platoon were knocked out. WALSH immediately took over the gun and kept it in action until relieved by a regular Lewis gunner. His conduct and example throughout were of an exceptionally high order.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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