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Eric William JOHNSON

Regimental number2186
Place of birthCarlton Victoria
Address24 Knowles Street, Northcote, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, William B Johnson, 24 Knowles Street, Northcote, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date7 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 27 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: "13 September 1918

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 20 September 1918

Bar to Military Medal

Recommendation date: 21 October 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'On September 1st, 1918, in the attack on MT. ST. QUENTIN near PERONNE this N.C.O's platoon was in the leading wave of the attack. When the Platoon Commander became a casualty, this N.C.O. took command and showed remarkable coolness and initiative in handling the platoon. To improve his position he moved his men to a flank, and in rear of the village, he reorganised and took up a position along the edge of the wood. here he inflicted very heavy casualties on the enemy, who, by this time were endeavouring to escape. He personally reconnoitred trenches in the area in the face of heavy machine gun fire, and succeeded in getting his men into them with a minimum of loss. His conduct throughout was splendid.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death29 November 1966
Age at death69
Place of burialBendigo Cemetery, Victoria

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