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John Douglas SAINT

Regimental number919
Date of birth5 June 1895
Place of birthCrystal Brook, South Australia
AddressCrystal Brook, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20.7
Height5' 9.5"
Weight156 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Caroline Louisa Saint, same address
Previous military serviceNil (exempt area under Compulsory Military Training scheme)
Enlistment date1 February 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name43rd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/60/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 9 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll43rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the period 16th September, 1918 to 11th November, 1918. During the operations West of ALLAINES on 2nd September, 1918, he took over his Platoon after his Platoon Commander had been killed. His Platoon was ordered to clear up a part of a trench system (SCUTARI TRENCH). He led his Platoon forward fighting his way and bombing for a period of nearly an hour, and eventually overcame a very stiff opposition to the advance. After the trench had been captured he quickly re-organised and established his line. Throughout the period he displayed a fine spirit of dash and coolness.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Discharge date14 August 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Nestor', 20 May 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Adelaide, 14 August 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death30 March 1954
Age at death58
Place of burialCentennial Park Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, SAINT John Douglas

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