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Sydney John James GARTON

Regimental number2553
Date of birth--/11/1869
Place of birthDerby Tasmania
AddressBrunswick, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Ralph Garton, 16 Eveline Street, Brunswick, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date17 February 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll13 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board SS Makarini on 15 September 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF14
Promotion date: 20 April 1917


Unit: INF14
Promotion date: 30 October 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 14 August 1916

FateReturned to Australia 5 May 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry during operations. Though he had been buried by a shell, he led out his party, and dug a communication trench under heavy fire in "No Man's Land." Two days later he dug out two of his comrades, though himself suffering from shock.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

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