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John William FITZSIMMONS

Regimental number1006
Place of birthBallarat Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarmer
AddressAlfred Street, Sebastopol, Ballarat, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, Jas Fitzsimmons, Alfred Street, Sebastopol, Ballarat, Victoria
Enlistment date27 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Light Horse Regiment, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/18/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 27 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work at Rosieres on 9 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 17 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 12 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the attack North of ROSIERES on the 9th August 1918 Private FITZSIMMONS acted as a stretcher bearer throughout the operation. He did exceptionally fine work dressing and carrying back wounded during the fight. When two of the advanced scouts were shot down and the line temporily held up by heavy machine gun fire, FITZSIMMONS went forward dressed the wounded scouts where they lay under the heavy fire of the enemy and then carried them back in turn to a place of comparative safety. His work throughout was marked by the greatest courage and devotion to duty and was the means of saving many lives.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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