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John Valentine REILLY

Regimental number2012
Place of birthDubbo Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie Reilly, Ardglass, Dundrum Street, Dublin, Ireland
Enlistment date29 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 17 April 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF5
Promotion date: 15 September 1918


Unit: INF5
Promotion date: 16 December 1918

FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. In broad daylight he and two others went out and captured two of the enemy from one outpost and returned safely. Later, the same party visited another psot which was strongly held, and killed eight of the enemy. He and his party showed fine courage and initiative.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

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