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Joseph Eric PIERCY

Regimental number343
Date of birth--/10/1890
OccupationPattern maker
AddressJames Street, Guildford, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Fred Piercy, James Street, Guildford, Western Australia
Enlistment date2 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name11th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 31 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF16
Promotion date: 25 January 1917


Unit: INF16
Promotion date: 31 October 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Congratulatory Card

* 'Work near Morcourt on 8 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: "1 October 1917

Military Cross*

Recommendation date: 19 June 1918

Bar to Military Cross (Altered from Companion of the Distinguished Service Order)

Recommendation date: 12 August 1918

Recommendation date: "

FateReturned to Australia 5 March 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in charge of the forward party in a raid. He successfully performed the all important task of destroying the enemy's wire with Bagalore torpedoes, and then led his party forward and established two blocks in an enemy communication trench, personally killing several of the enemy who offered resistance. When the order came to retire he satisfied himself that no wounded had been left behind, and used his men to cover the retirement of the remainder of the raiding party. His fine courage and leadership did much to insure the success of the raid.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and cool leadership during the operations on 8th August 1918, between Morcourt and Mericourt-sur-Somme. In spite of artillery fire at close range, he personally inspected the ground and obtained cover for his men, thereby saving many casualties. He then led his company in a most skilful and daring manner to the limits of the objectives, where he was badly wounded, but remained to superintend the work of consolidation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, Bar to Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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