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John Edward McCartney SNAPE

Regimental number29359
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationJackeroo
AddressWoodlawn, Quirindi, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, J G Snape, Woodlawn, Quirindi, New South Wales
Previous military service14th Battery Australian Field Artillery
Enlistment date3 July 1916
Rank on enlistmentBombardier
Unit nameHowitzer Brigade 117
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/136/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 30 September 1916
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and determination during an advance. he led his section forward 600 yards in rear of the leading infantry, and brought his guns into action. He successfully engaged several machine guns which were checking the advance, and saved many casualties among the attacking infantry by his resource and initiative.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Bar to Military Cross

'For most conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He was forward observation officer on 31st August 1918, near Clery-sur-Somme, and established an observation post in close proximity to the enemy on a commanding position in Clery-sur-somme, which was under heavy shell fire. Noticing an enemy machine gun inflicting casualties on our advancing troops, he with an infantry runner, rushed the gun and crew, and swung the gun round and trained it on the enemy. He showed a splendid example and doubtless saved many lives by his courageous and dashing action.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 20 November 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, Bar to Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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