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John LILL

Regimental number1662
Place of birthCoopernook New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationTeamster
AddressJohn River, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, George Lill, John River, New South Wales
Enlistment date12 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name34th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/51/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 2 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'Work at Hanebeke Wood on 20 September 1917.'
Recommendation date: 25 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 25 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At HANEBEKE WOOD on 20th September 1917 this N.C.O. after the objective had been gained was in charge of a Lewis gun team, and came under very heavy artillery fire. Most of the members were knocked out and he was the means of rallying these men around him and bringing the gun again into action. He showed great initiative throughout, as well as coolness and courage, and set a fine example to those who came in contact with him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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