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John Barclay SKINNER

Regimental number4285
Place of birthEdinburgh Scotland
OccupationRailway porter
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Skinner, 386 Hugh Street, Linlithgow, Scotland
Enlistment date23 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 3 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty He was wounded in five places, and left unconscious. When he came to, and was making his way to the rear, he met a carrying party who had lost direction. He at once took charge of them, and guided them to the front line, and then returned, but fainted on reaching the support line.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 7 August 1918

Military Medal

'During the operations at BROODSEINDE RIDGE east of YPRES on 6th October, 1917, Pte. SKINNER showed great gallantry and devotion to duty. When carrying rations to the front line a number of his party were wounded. Notwithstanding the fact that they were subjected to heavy shell fire, Pte. SKINNER assisted in dressing the wounds of his comrades and carrying them to the dressing station. Eventually under the most trying conditions he delivered the rations at the front line.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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