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John Kensington COGLE

Regimental number18645
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationAnalytical chemist
Address265 Norton Street, Leichhardt, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, R J Cogle, 265 Norton Street, Leichhardt, New South Wales
Enlistment date31 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 7, Battery 26
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/35/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 11 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at Ploegsteert on 8 June 1917.
Recommendation date: 11 June 1917

FateReturned to Australia 6 September 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'These N.C.O.s formed part of the detachment of a gun in action at PLOEGSTEERT during a S.O.S. on morning of 8th June, 1917, when the enemy heavily shelled the Battery. One shell struck the gun on which COGLE and [18727 G.M.] QUIGLEY were serving, and killed or wounded the whole of the crew. These N.C.O.s, although wounded and considerably shaken, refused to allow themselves to be relieved until the S.O.S. call was completed. By their action they set a splendid example and kept their gun in action under most difficult circumstances. The gun was damaged, although not sufficiently to put it out of action.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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