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John Martin SCHOCHER

Regimental number2206
Place of birthBendigo Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationIronturner
AddressCarrington Street, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, John Schocher, Carrington Street, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Enlistment date8 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 6 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 21 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At LAGNICOURT, on the morning of 15th April 1917, L/Cpl. SCHOCHER was in charge of a gun in action. Before dawn this gun was outflanked by the enemy attack from the direction of NOREUIL and had to retire in a S.E. direction to the N.E. corner of LAGNICOURT. During this movement the gun repeatedly came into action against the enemy at ranges from 50 to 100 yards and in every case the enemy was stopped, and heavy casualties were inflicted on him. The gun was finally sited in the sunken road leading to DOIGNIES. Here it was found that the team had been reduced to two, namely L/Cpl. SCHOCHER and Pte. BARBER. These two hung on to the gun, and during the remainder of the operation did excellent work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 174
Date: 11 October 1917

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