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John Wesley MITCHELL

OccupationMechanic
AddressSunnyside, Warracknabeal, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Mitchell, Sunnyside, Warracknabeal, Victoria
Enlistment date24 August 1914
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name8th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant-Colonel
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 30706 (28 May 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165 (24 October 1918).

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 13 July 1919
Medals

Distinguished Service Order


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57
Date: 18 April 1918

DSO and Bar

'For conspicuous gallantry during the taking of Rosieres Station and the village of Lihons on the 9th and 11th August 1918. When his battalion had suffered heavy casualties, he personally went forward and, under heavy fire, re-organized his line. Again, after his battalion had taken Lihons, where the situation was obscure, he again went forward, and did the same under withering machine gun fire. His fine leadership and coolness under fire were largely responsible for the success achieved by his battalion.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 91
Date: 23 July 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Service Order, Croix de Guerre, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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