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John Raymond Cassilis HAYWARD

Regimental number3237
Place of birthCassilis Vic
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressDoctor's flat, Ensay, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, J Hayward, Doctor's flat, Ensay, Victoria
Enlistment date17 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 4 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll29th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 18 January 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the attack and capture of an enemy trench system, this N.C.O. who was in charge of a Lewis gun team, was wounded in reaching the first objective. He continued to lead his section, and pushed on 100 yards beyond the final objective, when it was captured, to protect the work of consolidation. He was wounded a second time, but remained at his post and led his party against an enemy machine gun, which was taken, though he himself was wounded for the third time and had to be evacuated. His courage, endurance and brilliant leadership were an inspiration to the men under his command.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death25 September 1962
Place of burialEnsay Cemetery, Victoria

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