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John Robertson DUIGAN

Place of birthTerang, Victoria
ReligionNo religion
OccupationElectrical enginer
Addressc/o J O Duigan, "Ostara", Ivanhoe, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation34
Next of kinWife, Mrs R R Duigan, c/o J O Duigan, 'Ostara', Ivanhoe, Victoria
Enlistment date20 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit nameAustralian Flying Corps, No 2 Squadron, C Flight
AWM Embarkation Roll number8/5/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 25 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal RollNo 2 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 13 May 1918

FateReturned to Australia 19 April 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While on reconnaissance he was attacked by four enemy scouts. Although wounded, he manoeuvred his machine with great skill, his observer using the rear machine gun, with the result that one scout was shot down out of control. The three others continued the attack, eventually setting fire to his tail plane; after which he landed behind the front line, helped to remove the obserrver, who had been wounded five times, and saved the photographic plates in spite of being wounded three times himself.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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