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John James EDWARDS

Regimental number708
Place of birthAlbury New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSawmiller
AddressHanell Street, Albury, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinBrother, R G Edwards, Hanell Street, Albury, New South Wales
Enlistment date5 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work near Ommiecourt-les-Clery on 29 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 7 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 20 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the attack on a wood near OMMIECOURT-les-CLERY, West of PERONNE on the 29th August 1918, a concealed enemy machine gun was holding up the advance of his platoon. This N.C.O. went forward alone and located it, and after throwing a bomb into the position, rushed the gun and killed the crew. Later, he collected stragglers, and taking charge of them established a post on the flank of his company, thus making the position secure. His courage and disregard for personal danger helped materially towards the success of the operation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

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