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John ROCHFORD

Regimental number2493
Place of birthMaryborough Queensland
ReligionBaptist
OccupationTimber cutter
Addressc/o Mrs H Macklin, Woodstock Street, Maryborough, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinBrother, Henry Rochford, Fraser Island, Queensland
Enlistment date5 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name52nd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/69/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A49 Seang Choon on 19 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 10 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the advance near LE VERQUIER on the 18th September, 1918. Private ROCHFORD on reaching the Objective organised the remnants of the section and pushed forward to a position overlooking a sunken road. here he noticed a strong party of the enemy being re-organised by their Officers. At great personal risk he moved his gun into a position and opened fire on the enemy, causing heavy casualties and crushing the counter attack. His prompt action undoubtedly prevented further fighting and allowed his Company to consolidate. He set a fine example of courage and initiative.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsFamily name spelled ROCKFORD on Embarkation Roll.

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