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John David JEFFREY

Regimental number1651
Place of birthDevonport Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressBarrington, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, Charles Jeffey, Barrington, Tasmania
Enlistment date26 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name40th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/57/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 1 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll40th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Magnificent courage and determination at Ploegsteert Wood on 7 June 1917
Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

FateReturned to Australia 4 July 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in leaving the dressing station, to which he had been carried unconscious, and moving forward to the firing line, having collected on his way ten Lewis gun magazines for his company. He rendered valuable assistance in taking the wounded from "No Man's Land" and in carrying ammunition although severely wounded in the arm. He displayed magnificent courage and determination throughout the whole operation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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