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John SERRA-SANFELIN

Regimental number6871
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationHorse driver
AddressSydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinSister, Mrs Dolores Oaklands, 28 Hopkins Street, Boulder City, Western Australia
Enlistment date29 April 1917
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A16 Port Melbourne on 16 July 1917
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll35th Battalion
FateDischarged 28 September 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For devoted service during attack on enemy trenches near MORLANCOURT on night of 5th/6th May, 1918. As Company runner he did his dangerous and exhausting work of maintaining communication under shell and machine gun fire during the attack, and afterwards he made many runs to and from the front line across open country exposed to the fire of active snipers. His tireless energy, cheerful manner and cool bearing were an example to all ranks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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