John Henry WESLEY

Regimental number2991
Place of birthRye Park, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressRye Park, Boorowa, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, John Wesley, Rye Park, Boorowa, New South Wales
Enlistment date21 June 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name56th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/73/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 25 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll19th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 March 1919

Military Medal

'During the attack on MT. ST. QUENTIN, near PERONNE, on the 31st August, 1918, Private WESLEY showed conspicuous gallantry in a bombing attack. The right flank of his company which was exposed, was heavily attacked along the trench by an enemy bombing party. In an hurriedly organised counter attacking party, Private WESLEY was the leading bomber, and by his absolute fearlessness and accurate throwing he demoralised the enemy party. Rushing forward along the trench he established a block, which he guarded continuously alone for 24 hours, beating off several counter attacks with heavy loss to the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal