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John Michael NELSON

Regimental number709
Date of birth25 November 1894
Place of birthMuskvale near Daylesford, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationBoot repairer
Address31 London Street, Malvern, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinSister, Miss Mary E. Nelson, 31 London Street, Malvern, Victoria
Previous military serviceThree years in Citizen Forces prior to enlisting
Enlistment date14 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll25 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D sailed on two ships, HMAT A62 Wandilla, 9th November 1915 from Melbourne, and HMAT A41 Bakara, 5 November 1915, from Melbourne. It is not possible to tell from the Embarkation Roll on which ship an individual embarked.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D sailed on two ships, HMAT A62 Wandilla, 9th November 1915 from Melbourne, and HMAT A41 Bakara, 5 November 1915, from Melbourne. It is not possible to tell from the Embarkation Roll on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 2 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 26 July 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'Near Villers-Carbonnel on 28th-29th August 1918, he led his platoon with great dash and gallantry across open country in the face on intense artillery and machine gun fire. His coolness and daring and cheerful demeanour inspired his men with great confidence, and they followed him with unwavering determination.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Family/military connectionsThree brothers: Private William Charles NELSON, Reg. No. 282, 3rd Pioneers, returned to Australia 20 November 1918; Private Francis James NELSON, Reg. No. 1170, 22nd Battalion, returned to Australia 12 March 1918; Private George Ernest NELSON, Reg. No. 1753, 46th Battalion, returned to Australia 15 February 1919~
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death27 September 1954
Age at death59
Place of burialMelbourne General Cemetery, Carlton, Victoria

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