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John Francis DAWES

Regimental number5477
Place of birthGrafton New South Wales
OccupationStation hand
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, J. Dawes, Jenolan Caves, New South Wales
Enlistment date17 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 14 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 1 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 10 April 1919

Military Medal

'This man was attached to No 3 Section 5th Australian Divisional Signal Company as runner. During the operations of the Brigade in period 26th - 30th September he was employed carrying important despatches between the Relay posts in Glencorse and Polygon Wood and during whole time displayed gallantry and an extreme willingness, volunteering frequently when it was not his time to go out. On all occasions he delivered his despatches quickly and safely and displayed a devotion to duty which was commendable.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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