Regimental number4538
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressSailors Home
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Joseph Shimkovitch, Libau, Kurland, Russia
Enlistment date29 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll29 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT RMS Orontes on 29 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 17 March 1919

Military Medal

'At HERLEVILLE, East of AMIENS, during the attack on 18th August, 1918, this N.C.O. had charge of a Lewis Gun. Soon after leaving the Jumping-Off Tape his Company came under heavy fire. This N.C.O. at once moved in front of the platoon and with his Lewis Gun opened fire on the enemy Machine Gun positions. he continued to advance firing from the hip. At about 25 yards from the objective he rushed forward to a small mound and brought his gun into action. In spite of the fact that bombs were thrown all round him he remained in position firing his gun until the Company had completed its movement. The determined and gallant action of this N.C.O. and his skilful handling of his Lewis Gun undoubtedly saved many casualties to us and accounted for many of the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal