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John Gilhon PARKER

Regimental number229
Place of birthDunfermline Scotland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressBalgownie, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinWife, Mrs Marion Parker, Farrell Street, Balgownie, South Coast, New South Wales
Enlistment date23 November 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll23 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameMining Corps 1, Company 1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 20 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Broad Guage Railway Operating Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: "23 September 1917

Meritorious Service Medal

Recommendation date: 18 March 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 12 July 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*second given name is Gillon

Meritorious Service Medal

'For great gallantry and devotion to duty in that owing to the breakdown of the Guivenchy Engine he remained continuously on the work, assisted to install new plant under shell fire and kept the mile of cable serving the Guivenchy mines, repaired through frequently being broken by shell fire, thereby preventing the water in the mine system from rising above 2' 6". During the 21 months at this place he has shown untiring energy remaining long periods in the line without relief when shelling has caused excessive cable troubles and has shown no hesitation in making repairs during enemy shelling.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Meritorious Service Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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