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John Shepherd SUMMERSON

Regimental number4252
Place of birthPenrith New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressSprings, Hillgrove, via Armidale, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, J T Summerson, Springs, Hillgrove, via Armidale, New South Wales
Enlistment date28 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 11 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll19th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 31 January 1918
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Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry during an enemy attack on the 15th April against NOREUIL. Corporal SUMMERSEN had charge of four Company guns. Owing to an enemy attempt to envelop our flank which was held by this Company threatening to assume serious proportions this N.C.O. showed great coolness and initiative in at once moving his guns to a postion on the threatened flank, and thus saved a critical situation. He after moving his guns proceeded to carry up S.A.A. under a very heavy enemy Machine Gun and rifle fire, regardless of personal safety. His attitude throughout the attack was a magnificent example of coolness and courage.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Date of death29 September 1966

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