John Thomas BATES

Regimental number3777
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
Address50 Princess Street, Newmarket, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, John Thomas Bates, 50 Princess Street, Newmarket, Victoria
Enlistment date16 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 8 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 9 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919

Military Medal

'During the attack on MONTBREHAIN near ST. QUENTIN on 6th October, 1918, he rushed his machine gun into action in the face of a battery of ten German machine guns putting all the guns and crews out of action at a range of 200 yards. The machine guns and remainder of the crews were captured. Later in the morning he greatly assisted in dispersing enemy counter attacks by keeping his gun in action though heavily shelled by enemy 77 guns.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death2 May 1964
Place of burialFawkner Cemetery