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John Joseph DILLON

Regimental number1009
Place of birthGympie Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressCrown Road, Gympie, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs. Bridget Dillon, Crown Road, Gympie, Queensland
Enlistment date12 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Light Horse Regiment, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/7/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 2 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 8 April 1918

FateReturned to Australia 22 August 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack on our front opposite DERNANCOURT and ALBERT on 5th April 1918. This Gunner was one of a detachment on a forward section of guns. After one of these guns had been put out of action, he, with some others, continued to serve the remaining gun under very heavy shelling at a time when fire was required to support our Infantry. At another period Gunner DILLON served his gun single handed while being heavily shelled and continued to do so till cease fire was ordered for the Battery. Throughout the operations on the 5th he displayed marked bravery and initiative.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

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