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John SIMPSON

Regimental number570
Place of birthChristchurch New Zealand
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMrs J E Simpson, 112 Royal Street, Christchurch, New Zealand
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'For service in action and devotion to duty from 25th February to 16th September, 1918. During the period the Battalion was strenuously engaged in stemming the enemy advance on HAZEBROUCK and later in the operations at LIHONS and HERLEVILLE in August, L/Cpl. SIMPSON as assistant C.Q.M.S. was instrumental in successfully getting the rations to his Company. nightly he cheerfully fulfilled his precarious and tedious duties.' Second entry reads: 'For service in action and devotion to duty. at LA MOTTE in April 1918 at STRAZEELE, during the period the Battalion was strenuously engaged in stemming the enemy advance, this soldier then acting in the capacity of Assistant CQMS was instrumental by utter unselfish regard for his own personal safety and welfare, in successfully getting the rations to his Coy. This N.C.O. cheerfully fulfilled his precarious and tedious duty. At LIHONS his work was all that could be desired. Again later at HERLEVILLE WOODS during the operations L/C SIMPSON was solely responsible for the delivery of the ...... ..... subsequent to the advance , alone he personally reconnoited the shell swept track, successfully guided members to practically front positions. His ......... solid........ qualities have been the admiration of all.
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75
Date: 17 June 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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