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John PENMAN

Regimental number5075
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationUpholsterer
Address145 Palmer Street, Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinFather, Walter Grieve Penman, Dibden, Hythe near Southampton, England
Enlistment date1 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll25 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A33 Ayrshire on 3 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Divisional Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'For conspicuous gallantry as a runner in repeatly traversing the enemy barrage near Bullecourt with messages and orders.'
Recommendation date: 14 May 1917

FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry as runners in repeatedly traversing the enemy barrage near BULLECOURT on 3rd May 1917 with messages and orders. They [PENMAN and 4670 A. CARROLL] were of very great value in passing orders down the line in the captured trenches and in securing reliable inforamation as to the progress of the action.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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