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E Patrick Joseph GWYNN

Regimental number6929
Other NamesPatrick Joseph
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationShip rigger
AddressSurry Hills, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Gwynne, 169 Bourke Street, Woolloomooloo, New South Wales
Enlistment date2 April 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll30 March 1917
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 16 June 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Work near Rainecourt on 9 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 14 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 16 March 1919

Military Medal

'These men [4603 T.A. Donohoe, 4282 A. McGuirk, and Gwynne] were three of a party of 1 N.C.O. and 5 men who attacked and captured, without artillery support, a very strong position on the flank of the battalion during the advance on RAINECOURT, east of AMIENS, on 9th August 1918. The position was very strongly protected by earthworks and wire and 3 machine guns and an anti-tank gun were firing from it in direct enfilade. No other troops were within 300 yards of this small party but they advanced without hesitation. They go within bombing range and then rushed the position. Two machine guns, one Lewis gun, the anti-tank gun and a garrison of 1 Officer, 4 N.C.O.s and 25 men captured by them.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals:Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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