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John SAMWELL

Regimental number3205
Place of birthPittstown United States Of America
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressGeraldton, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Next of kinBrother, Edwin Samwell, Jumbunna, South Gippsland, Victoria
Enlistment date27 November 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll27 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name46th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/63/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 29 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll46th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 16 January 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For gallant conduct and devotion to duty on April 3rd 1918, at ALBERT, when during a heavy bombardment preceding an enemy attack he rushed forward from our line about 20 yards so as to more fully observe the enemies movements. He was entirely without cover and exposed to heavy enemy fire. He remained in this position until the attack developed when he rushed back and gave the warning to the garrison.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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