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John Albert JONES

Regimental number573
Place of birthCollingwood Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationBarman
AddressNew Bridge Hotel, corner Toorak Road And Chapel Street, South Yarra, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs J M Jones, New Bridge Hotel, South Yarra, Victoria
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A3 Orvieto on 21 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal Roll132
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Postal Corps
FateReturned to Australia 9 December 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'Near FREMICOURT on the night of the 19/20th May, for their gallant conduct and faithful discharge of duty with the 2nd Australian Infantry Bridgade Field Post Office. The tent in which these three men [132 J.A. JONES, 11771 H.W. SCOTT, 2719 H. MOODIE] were working was heavily shelled. Realising the risk of loss of the mail and particularly the registered mail, they gallantly remained at their post a great risk to themselves for the purpose of removing the mails in their charge to a place of safety. They succeeded in removing most of the stock before a direct hit completely destroyed the tent.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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