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John Douglas KINNON

Regimental number381
Place of birthMackay Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBlacksmith's striker
AddressGlenella, Mackay, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, Robert Kinnon, Glenella, Mackay, Queensland
Enlistment date22 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 12, Reinforcement 5
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/17/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 19 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 18 December 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Queensland Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty during operations at VILLERS BRETONNEUX on 3rd May, 1918. Although wounded he carried on with his work, and later when the infantry withdrew went out and recovered the gun which had been dropped by a wounded comrade. Throughout the attack he displayed wonderful coolness and pluck.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death25 July 1973

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