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John Andrew WATT

Regimental number3509
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
AddressWilloughby, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, E Watt, High Street, Willoughby, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date23 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 13 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollStaff Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919

Military Medal

'Was in charge of Regimental and Company Stretcher bearers during operations east of VILLERS BRETONNEUX on 13th to 18th May, 1918, and did particularly gallant work on night 14th/15th May, 1918. Then and on other occasions he carefully reconnoitred all available routes for stretcher bearers, and established a relay post at a convenient spot. The fact that evacuations to the R.A.P. were dealt with expeditiously throughout the tour is attributable to WATT's careful management, and on more than one occasion he himself made one of a bearers squad carrying through heavy shell fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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