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John Douglas PENNICUIK

Regimental number1982
Place of birthStepney England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressHillside, Chigwell, Essex, England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Pennicuik, Hillside, Chigwell, Essex, England
Enlistment date15 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 9 August 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1982A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Divisional Signal Company
FateReturned to Australia 1 August 1919

Military Medal

'For courage and devotion to duty. This man is a member of No. 4 Section of this Company attached to the 15th Australian Infantry Brigade. During operations on the 29th September 1918 on the BELLICOURT - BELLENGLISE front he was engaged in establishing and maintaining communication between Brigade Headquarters near TEMPLEUX-la-GUERARD to a linesman's post 800 yards east of HARGICOURT on the main HARGICOURT - BELLICOURT Road. This road was subject to heavy and incessant enemy shell fire which frequently cut the cable running parallel and close to it. Sapper PENNICUIK was out continuously during the morning of the 29th, effecting repairs to this cable which was the main channel of communication forward. It was entirely due to his devotion to duty and total disregard for personal safety that communication was maintained between Brigade and Battalions with few interruptions during an important period.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Date of death26 July 1975
Place of burialPalmdale Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Park

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