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John Joseph ACRES

Regimental number1013
Date of birth9 September 1892
Place of birthBroken Hill, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressWickepin, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22.8
Height5' 7"
Weight143 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs R Acres, Broken Hill, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in F Company, Broken Hill.
Enlistment date25 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 May 1915
Place of enlistmentWickepin, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia,
30 Officers and 982 Other Ranks embarked at Fremantle on HMAT A11 'Ascanius' on 29 June 1915; 12 others embarked at Fremantle on HMAT A36 'Thirty-Six' on 12 July 1916. From Embarkation Records it is not possible to distinguish the latter 12.
Rank from Nominal RollLance Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Machine Gun Squadron
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work at Westhoek Ridge on 20 September 1917.
Recommendation date: 24 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 8 August 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in South Australian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'At WESTHOEK RIDGE, 20th September, 1917. For devotion to duty. During the attack he kept in close touch with his officer and guns, and was of valuable assistance in selecting gun positions and seeing them well dug in. By his fearless moving around amongst the gun crews during severe shelling, he set a good example.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 66
Date: 2 May 1918

Discharge date30 October 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Wounded in action (shell shock), 3 June 1916.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 21 September 1917 (gun shot wound, head and left eye: slight).

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Carpentaria', 8 August 1918; discharged (medically unfit: defective vision), Perth, 30 October 1918.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death17 October 1969
SourcesNAA: B2455, ACRES John Joseph

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