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John William SEARCY

Regimental number237
Place of birthLondon England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCivil engineer
Addressc/o The Olives, Brougham Place, North Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs Lydia Jane Searcy, Abbotsford, 31 Warrior Square, St. Leonards on Sea, England
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name10th Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board Transport A11 Ascanius on 20 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 October 1918

Military Cross

'In the operations near Jeancourt on 18th September 1918, he was responsible for the direction of the battalion. In order to successfully fulfil his task under very difficult circumstances he fearlessly exposed himself, advancing up to and across our barrage frequently in order to correct direction. His gallantry was an inspiration to all who saw him, and contributed largely to the moral which carried so few men so long a distance.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 20 November 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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