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John Thomas SWAIN

Regimental number3943
Place of birthMaryborough, Queensland
SchoolSt Augustines Roman Catholic School, Maryborough, Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationPublic Servant
AddressHigh Street, Maryborough, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs. A. Swain, High Street, Maryborough, Victoria
Enlistment date21 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll23 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 August 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialHeath Cemetery (Plot V, Row G, Grave No. 13), Harbonnieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Annie SWAIN, Maryborough, Victoria

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in charge of a machine gun in an attack. When the advance came under heavy fire from some pill boxes, he penetrated the barrage, and, getting his gun into action on a flank, silenced two of the enemy's machine guns, thereby enabling the line to advance and rush the position. Afterwards, when the enemy retired, he rushed forward ahead of the line and inflicted heavy casualties on them. He showed splendid courage and resource.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

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