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Joseph Wm. IRWIN

Regimental number186
ReligionChurch of England
AddressStewart Street, Windsor, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinWife, Mrs May Irwin, Stewart Street, Windsor, Victoria
Enlistment date14 December 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal (Altered to Military Medal)

Recommendation date: 13 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919

Military Medal

'At MT. ST. QUENTIN North of PERONNE on the 1st September 1918 this W.O. reconnoitred and exploited a Trench for a distance of several hundred yards beyond the preliminary objective until he encountered a hostile post garrisoned by twelve of the enemy. He immediately returned to his Company and procured a party with whom he attacked the post but was unable to proceed on account of unsuitable ground He then personally endeavoured to outflank the post but was prevented to do so by the wire in front. C.S.M. IRWIN then decided to establish a block in the trench, which he did, and this resulted in the evacuation by the enemy of their position a little while afterwards. All this was done under heavy rifle and machine gun fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

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