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Joseph Aloysious GILL

Regimental number8183
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationWarehouseman
Address4 Canterbury Road, St Kilda, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, T Gill, 4 Canterbury Road, St Kilda, Victoria
Enlistment date19 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Australian General Hospital, Special Reinforcements
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 18 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 12 June 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When a battery on the forward slope was being heavily shelled, the officers and most of the gunners being killed or wounded, this N.C.O. led this squad up at the double, collected the wounded and carried them to comparative safety. After dressing their wounds he helped his squad to carry them to motor loading post. He undoubtedly saved the lives of the wounded by his quickness and recource'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty about 4.00 a.m. on 19th September 1918 South of LE VERGUIER and East of PERONNE. While attached to R.M.O. 46th A.I. Battalion this N.C.O. with his squad continuously carried through very heavy enemy shell fire, and although hit several times by flying fragments of shell, by his fine example to his other bearers, kept them steadily to their work, and was mainly instrumental in quickly getting the wounded safely to the Loading Post, many times under heavy shell-fire. During the period of 18th September 1918 to 20th September, 1918 his conduct and disregard to personal danger was markedly noticeable.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death12 January 1977

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