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John Armstrong MacLEAN

Regimental number1714
Place of birthDumfries Scotland
Other NamesMACLEAN, DCM
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarm hand
AddressLangley Dale,Dubbo, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinFather, William George Ray McLean, Hindgill, Dalton, Lockerbie, Scotland
Enlistment date10 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name54th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/71/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 14 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
FateReturned to Australia 12 June 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For gallant conduct during operations against Peronne, 1 and 2 September, 1918. As the first wave approached the enemy line, it was subjected to heavy enfilade machine gun fire from a bend in the river. This N.C.O. worked forward alone, and with his revolver shot several of the enemy. He then captured a post of sixteen with four machine guns.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 35
Date: 15 April 1920

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