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John Stanley McBAIN

Regimental number14814
Place of birthBishopsbourne Tasmania
AddressTynte Street, North Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs Emily Louisa McBain, Turton Street, Devonport West, Tasmania
Enlistment date19 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameDivisional Signal Company 5, Reinforcement 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/15/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A53 Itria on 14 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Divisional Signal Company
FateReturned to Australia 22 May 1919

Military Medal

'For courage and devotion to duty. This man displayed great courage and devotion to duty on the morning of 25th April, 1918, near BRETONEUX. He was detailed to lay a line to the 49th Battalion at CACHY. Despite a heavy barrage from the enemy and the fact that the AQUENNE Wood, through which he had to pass, was at the time full of gas, he persistently carried on with his work and established the required communication. During the operations, the cable, which was an important one, was continually cut by shell fire. On each occasion he patrolled the line and kept it working with but short interruptions. It was entirely due to his courage and untiring energy that this was accomplished.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 1
Date: 2 January 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death23 March 1939
Age at death49
Place of burialAIF Cemetery (Row 1A, Grave No. 15 East), West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia

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