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Jack Sommerville WATHERSTON

Regimental number2001
Place of birthPort Lincoln South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressPort Lincoln, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinSister, Miss Olive Watherston, Louth Bay, Port Lincoln, South Australia
Enlistment date9 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name48th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/65/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 13 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 September 1919

Military Medal

'On night of 28th/29th September, 1917, at YPRES, on WESTHOEK ZONEBEKE Road, for conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. The tail end of "B" Company of 16th Battalion was caught in a barrage of high explosives, and 14 men became casualties. In spite of gas shells and high explosives falling near by this man undaunted assisted an N.C.O. of 16th Battalion in dressing the casualties, and afterwards removing them to a Dressing Station.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 2757 Pte Sidney Alfred WATHERSTON, 50th Bn, killed in action, 13 August 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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