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John Leslie PARTRIDGE

Regimental number963
Date of birth1 May 1891
Place of birthStirling South Australia
ReligionMethodist
AddressOld Dry Creek Post 0ffice, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, G B Partridge, Bendleby, via Orroroo, South Australia
Enlistment date2 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board Transport A11 Ascanius on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'For great gallantry at Mont de Merris near Strazeele on night 1/2 June 1918.'
Recommendation date: 10 June 1918

FateReturned to Australia 4 December 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'At MONT DE MERRIS near STRAZEELE on night 1st/2nd June, 1918, with his Platoon Commander, Sergeant PARTRIDGE made a careful reconnaissance of any enemy farm position under machine gun and rifle fire. This farm formed the objective of his company in the operation which took place on the following evening, and the information gained enabled his Company to attain their objective with very few casualties. In the attack on night 2nd/3rd June, 1918 Sergeant PARTRIDGE behaved with great gallantry setting a fine example to the platoon which, besides killing many of the enemy, captured three machine guns and eighteen prisoners.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Discharge date1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Port Adelaid, 20 October 1915; disembarked Alexandria, 7 December 1914. Proceeded to the Island of Lemnos.

Landed at Gallipoli, 25 April 1915. Evacuated sick from Gallipoli and admitted to No 2 Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, Egypt, 4 October 1915.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, France, 2 April 1916.

Wounded in action, 21 August 1916. Evacuated to hospital in England, 27 August 1916. Proceeded to Le Havre, France, 31 December 1917.

Military Medal awarded for gallantry at Mont St Merris, France

Commenced return to Australia on board HMAT 'Somerset', 4 December 1918.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

WWII: Served as Staff Officer, Headquarters at Keswick Barracks, Keswick, South Australia throughout 2nd World War and until his retirement

Date of death20 January 1956
Age at death64
Place of burialSite 322A Row 19, Centennial Park Cemetery, 760 Goodwood Road, Pasadena, South Australia

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