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Regimental number2143
Place of birthChiltern, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, J Maroney, Wangaratta, Victoria
Enlistment date19 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 24 August 1918
Place of burialDaours Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot VI, Row A, Grave No. 36), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Annie GARONI, Wangaratta, Victoria. Native of Italy. Served as 'Maroney'.

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry on the 10th day of August at LIHONS. During the attack this N.C.O. volunteered to assist in the manning of a tank which had been forced to stop owing to casualties the crew. Under very heavy shell and Machine Gun fire he made a journey of about an hour's duration in the tank, assisting a s a Machine Gunner and also guiding the tank. During the afternoon he took charge of an ammunition party ot the fron line (about 1500 yards distance) through an exceptionally heavy barrage. he displayed the greatest courage and coolness under most trying circumstances.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Bar to Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked from Melbourne, 22 December 1914.

Embarked from Alexandria for Gallipoli, 5 April 1915. Served at Gallipoli. Evacuated from Gallipoli via Lemnos; disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 26 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 2 April 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 9 December 1916.

Transferred to England and attached to Permanent Cadre of 2nd Training Bn, Durrington, 3 September 1917. Attended 14th Rifle Course, School of Musketry, Tidworth, 27 September-27 October 1917: awarded 2nd Class pass with a fair knowledge of the Lewis Gun.

Proceeded overseas to France, 1 June 1918; rejoined Bn, 10 June 1918.

Wounded in action, 23 August 1918 (gun shot wound, abdomen); admitted to 61st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 23 August 1918; died of wounds, 24 August 1918.

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

Miscellaneous detailsReal name: Peter GARONI

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