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John Charles ROSS

Regimental number2743
Place of birthWaurn Ponds Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, John G Ross, Evans Street, Belmont, Geelong, Victoria
Enlistment date28 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 14 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollWarrant Officer (Class II)
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 22 May 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'At Morlancourt, on the night of 29 July, 1918, when a platoon was held up by an enemy machine gun post, he most gallantly rushed the post, and personally killed several of the enemy. Later in the day his company found itself almost out of ammunition, and he, with three men, went back and collected 6,000 rounds, and in broad daylight, and under heavy machine gun fire, safely delivered the ammunition to the front line troops. Throughout the whole operations he set a splendid example of courage and untiring devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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