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John James Graham COLCLOUGH

Regimental number5073
Place of birthMeredith, Victoria
Address125 Edwards Street, Essendon, Victoria
Marital statusWidower
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinSon, Richard R G Colclough, 125 Edwards Street, Essendon, Victoria
Enlistment date11 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 1 April 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 May 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He constructed a Lewis gun position with great skill under heavy shell fire. When the enemy attacked, he handled his men with great coolness, and, though wounded, remained at his post preparing against a flank attack when the enemy had gained a footing in the trenches on his right. He set a magnificent example of courage and determination.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 5935 Corporal Herbert George Howe COLCLOUGH, 58th Bn, returned to Australia, 11 January 1919; 3370 Pte William Archibald Gordon COLCLOUGH, 57th Bn, returned to Australia, 21 April 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished conduct Medal, Croix de Guerre, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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