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John FAIRWEATHER

Regimental number29271
Place of birthHamilton New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationEngineer's fitter
AddressWetherill Street, Croydon, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, W Fairweather, Wetherill Street, Croydon, New South Wales
Previous military service10th Australian Army Medical Corps
Enlistment date31 August 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 August 1916
Rank on enlistmentFitter SGT
Unit nameHowitzer Brigade 117
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/136/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 30 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (Immediate award)


Recommendation date: 4 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 30 January 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations of 4th October 1917, East of WESTHOEK when the Batteries of the 13th F.A. Brigade were firing a creeping barrage covering the advance of our infantry, a heavy covering the advance of our infantry, a heavy fire was opened on them, causing casualties to personnel and guns. Fitter Sergeant FAIRWEATHER, without hesitation and at great personal risk, went from gun to gun effecting repairs, with the assistance of a fitter. It was largely owing to the work of this N.C.O. performed with great coolness and courage, that the Brigade was enabled to carry out its task efficiently and effectively. Had the repairs not been effected immediately it would have neutralised our barrage to a great extent. His devotion to duty is worthy of special recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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