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John JOEL

Regimental number1850
Place of birthThe Spit New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationShipwright
AddressBalmoral Beach, Mosman, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMrs A R Joel, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, New South Wales
Enlistment date15 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 17 March 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'Courage and skill as guide, rendering valuable services. (East of Ypres)'
Recommendation date: 15 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 21 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at BROODSEINDE RIDGE East of YPRES on 4th October, 1917. This N.C.O. was sent with an advance party to reconnoitre and guide the Company into position in the forward area. The party was broken up by heavy enemy barrage and the greater part became casualties. Sgt. JOEL pressed forward reconnoitred and alone guided 4 platoons to their positions. His courage and skill as a guide saved his Company heavy casualties. During the advance of his platoon to the 2nd objective he did excellent work in reorganising at great personal danger. His cheerfulness and bravery were beyond praise.'

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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