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John Edward POWELL

Regimental number1964
Place of birthDubbo New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressGipps Street, North Dubbo, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinBrother, William Powell, Gipps Street, North Dubbo, New South Wales
Enlistment date8 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name54th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/71/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A37 Barambah on 23 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 16 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On 29th September, 1918, near BONY this man took charge of a gun in an isolated and exposed position under heavy fire from BONY. From this position he continually engaged enemy machine guns and minenwerfer and parties of infantry attempting to debauch from BONY. During the night he beat off with his revolver an enemy bombing party that attempted to work up the trench. He maintained his position until the morning of the 30th when his gun was blown out and he himself wounded. Throughout the operations he has shown a splendid spirit of self sacrifice and one that did much to encourage the men in his team.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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