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John Robert CAIN

Regimental number153
Date of birth18 September 1885
Place of birthMount Gambier, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
AddressGoondwindi, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinFather, John Cain, 85 Pirie Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Enlistment date1 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentSergeant (Transport)
Unit name5th Light Horse Regiment, Machine Gun Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/10/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board TRANSPORT A34 Persic on 21 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Australian Machine Gun Squadron
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: 5th Light Horse Regiment
Promotion date: 4 August 1915

Lieutenant


Unit: 5th Light Horse Regiment
Promotion date: 28 October 1915

Captain


Unit: No 2 Machine Gun Squadron
Promotion date: 16 December 1916

Major


Unit: No 2 Machine Gun Squadron
Promotion date: 24 July 1918


Unit: Machine Gun Corps

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30474, 12 January 1918; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76, 23 May 1918.

FateReturned to Australia 27 June 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led a machine gun squadron at the gallop close up to the enemy lines and machine guns. His gallant action was of great assistance at a critical period of the engagement.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 191
Date: 12 December 1918

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

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