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John Gainsborough HORNIG

Regimental number5117
Place of birthNelson New Zealand
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCarpenter
Address46 White Street, Moreland, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation37
Next of kinWife, Mrs D T Hornig, 40 White Street, Moreland, Victoria
Enlistment date8 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 1 April 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll5118
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 31 October 1917
Medals

Military Medal

'On 14th March, 1917 in front line system north of GUEDECURT, Sergeant HORNIG, whilst in charge of a post of 6 men, displayed great bravery and initiative. his post was heavily shelled and under machine gun fire during the day until almost blown out. Sergeant HORNIG with great coolness evacuated his men to a safer spot and manned the post himself. After the shelling ceased one of the men returned to the post and found the Sergeant wounded in the leg. This action is worthy of recognition for example set to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 140
Date: 27 August 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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