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John William RAITT

Regimental number1276
Place of birthKincardinshire, Scotland
ReligionChurch of England
Address84 Cathedral Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, James Raitt, Greystone, St Cyrus, Scotland
Enlistment date16 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollRSM
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Belgian Decoration Militaire

Recommendation date: 19 December 1917

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Altered to Military Medal.
Recommendation date: 15 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 23 July 1919

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Decoration Militaire

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 137
Date: 30 August 1918

Discharge date14 December 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, France, Belgium.

Promoted Lance Corporal, 1 September 1915; Temporary Corporal, 24 October 1915; Corporal, 5 December 1915; Sergeant, 10 August 1916; CSM (WO Class 2), 10 October 1917; RSM (WO Class 1), 1 December 1917. Awarded the Decoratiion Militaire (Belgium), 16 December 1918 ('London Gazette', 4th Supplement, No. 30631, 12 April 1918; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 137, 30 August 1918). Admitted to 5th Southern Hospital, Portsmouth (trench fever), 29 April 1918; rejoined Bn in France, 11 September 1918.

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