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John Cair EWEN

Regimental number11615
Date of birth--/10/1892
Place of birthDigsbury England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressP O Bellinger, Bellinger River
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs M E Ewen, Fernside, Crumpsall, Manchester, England
Enlistment date21 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameDivisional Ammunition Column 2, Reinforcement 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/90/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT RMS Osterley on 15 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal RollArtillery
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: ART Div 2
Promotion date: 30 November 1917

Lieutenant


Unit: ART Div 2
Promotion date: 28 February 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 21 May 1917

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 29 August 1918

Military Medal


Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

FateReturned to Australia 10 April 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*John Carr
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. After the battery officers had been wounded and many casualties sustained by heavy shell fire he took command, and by his splendid example, under very trying conditions, was able to complete the task of bringing the guns into position.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Military Medal


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Military Cross

''At Herleville on 23rd August, 1918, this officer was in charge of the communications of the forward observation party. The forward observing officer was killed, and he at once took his place. Throughout the day, under very hostile fire, he moved about the newly captured positions, sending back important information as to our infantry positions and bearings of hostile batteries which were shelling our new position, and which were at once engaged. He displayed an utter disregard for personal safety, and much infromation of tactical importance was received from him.''
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Militry Medal, Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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