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John Gordon HENDRY

Regimental number1113
Place of birthYongala South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPostal assistant
Address114 Sydenham Road, Norwood, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, John R Hendry, 114 Sydenham Road, Norwood, South Australia
Previous military service79th Infantry
Enlistment date12 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameField Ambulance 4, Reinforcement 1
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/47/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 6 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During severe shelling of the village of MILLENCOURT, West of ALBERT, on 31st March 1918 at about 4 p.m., Sergeant J.G. Hendry proceeded with Private J. RIMSHAW to dig out eight men who had been buried by a direct hit on a cellar. Sergeant J.G. HENDRY worked for one and a half hours at imminent peril during heavy shelling, and by his fine example induced others to help. As a result, five men were rescued alive. But for his conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty these men would have soon died from suffocation, as did the other three.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 173
Date: 7 November 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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