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John Henry EAST

Regimental number2992
Place of birthChristchurch, New Zealand
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, A E Portlock, Lyttleton Times Office, Christchurch, New Zealand
Enlistment date11 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 30 September 1915
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).
Recommendation date: 10 October 1916

Unspecified (Military Cross)

Recommendation date: 23 September 1918

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 30 September 1918

Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll

Military Cross

'During the advance near Le Verguier, on 18th September 1918, he displayed marked gallantry and devotion to duty as battalion intelligence officer. Prior to the attack he supervised, under shell and machine gun fire, the laying of tapes for the battalion front and the assembly of companies in their attack positions. In the attack he was responsible for direction, and despite a heavy fog and belts of uncut wire, he carried through to the battalion's objective. During consolidation on the final objective, he completed a thorough reconnaissance forward, and rendered a valuable report.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 20 November 1919

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

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