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John Roberts HEANEY

Regimental number2090
Place of birthCressy Tas
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngine driver
Address274 Park Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinSister, Mrs Emily Wilson, King Street, Campbelltown, Tasmania
Enlistment date17 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name38th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/55/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll38th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 25 January 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near Clery, in the attack of 31 August, 1918. When his officer became a casualty he reorganized the platoon, which had lost direction, and led it forward under heavy fire. Just before reaching the objective he met a party of twenty five of the enemy. Single handed he rushed them with a bayonet, killing two, one of whom was a major, and making the remainder surrender.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 35
Date: 15 April 1920

Military Medal

'On the 7th/8th and 9th June, 1917, during operations south east of MESSINES for his great coolness and courage whilst under heavy fire. During the attack he used his rifle and bayonet with great skill. On one occasion he bayoneted one of the enemy who had him covered with his revolver, and on another occasion he attacked two of the enemy shooting one and bayoneting the other. He displayed great cheerfulness, and encouraged his comrades under very trying circumstances, setting a splendid example to the members in the first wave.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

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