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Regimental number2161
Place of birthMethil, Scotland
Address27 Fitzroy Street, North Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height6' 0.75"
Weight173 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr James Fisher, Woodside, Methil, Fifeshire, Scotland
Previous military servicePreviously rejected for enlistment: 'to undergo operation since carried out'.
Enlistment date28 February 1916
Place of enlistmentBathurst, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name53rd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/70/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A44 Vestalia on 11 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll19th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 16 January 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer was informed by the Engineer Officer that an enemy machine gun post prevented him laying a tape to mark a fire trench it was intended to dig. He immediately took six men, and attacked the post with resolute courage, capturing six of the enemy and two machine guns. The initiative and prompt decision of his action, which was performed in the face of a heavy sniping fire, saved his company from heavy casualties, as the machine guns would have covered the ground over which the men would have advanced.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette'
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FISHER John

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