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John Richard BIRTHISEL

Regimental number1320
Place of birthGladstone, Victoria
ReligionBaptist
OccupationLabourer
AddressFenton Creek via St Arnaud, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinJ Birthisel, Wehla, Victoria
Enlistment date1 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 2 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll57th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 30 September 1917

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 15 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 14 December 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'East of Glencorse Wood during the period 25th/27th September, Sergeant Birthisel did very valuable work in the organisation of and controlling of carrying parties with ammunition and water to the front line. he continually passed through the enemy barrage and by his fine example of coolness and courage inspired his men forward. Later he carried on as C.S.M. to his company and though badly wounded, he continued to organise parties under very trying circumstances and only retired from the fight fifteen hours later when ordered to do so.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death10 November 1931
Place of burialRheola Cemetery

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