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Joseph Cornelius STEWART

Regimental number5409
Place of birthAlbury, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationShop assistant
AddressMolalong Street, Berrigan, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinWife, Mrs Gertrude May Stewart, Molalong Street, Berrigan, New South Wales
Enlistment date1 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 22 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 31 August 1918
Place of death or woundingMont St Quentin, France
Age at death35
Place of burialHem Farm Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row K, Grave No. 20), Hem-Monacu, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial

Military Medal

'This stretcher bearer's conduct during the attack in the vicinity of LAMOTTE-en-SANTERRE, East of AMIENS, on 8th August, 1918, was nothing short of valorous. He went to the assistance of wounded and dressed their wounds under very heavy shell and machine gun fire. He carried wounded to the dressing station and returned again and again to his task of caring for and dressing the wounded. When he had completed his work with his unit he went to the assistance of a neighbouring unit, and with untiring energy continued his magnificent work. Through his self-sacrifice, determination and devotion to duty under exceptionally trying conditions he won the admiration of all and set a magnificent example to the men assisting him in his work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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