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John Melton SHAW

Regimental number5910
Place of birthProserpine Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStockman
AddressProserpine, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sarah Ann Shaw, Kelsey Creek, Prosperpine, Queensland
Enlistment date30 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name25th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A36 Boonah on 21 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 4 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the attack on the BEAUREVOIR Line, east of PERONNE, on 3rd October, 1918, this N.C.O. was in charge of a Lewis gun section. At one stage of the attack, seeing a large number of the enemy getting back under covering fire from another post, he took his gun right forward alone, regardless of danger, and opened fire, causing a number of casualties to the enemy, and compelling 12 of them to surrender.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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