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John Allen TANSEY

Regimental number298
Date of birth1889
Place of birthEdenhope, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressMount Gambier, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie Cotton, Mount Gambier, South Australia
Enlistment date7 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameMining Corps 1, Company 1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 20 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Tunnelling Company
FateReturned to Australia 16 June 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Awarded MM on 21 April 1917 at Ypres, Belgium. "On 9 April near Ypres for carrying in all 20 men to the dressing station on his back, six of these men who had been gassed he brought across the open under heavy enemy fire. His untiring efforts saved many lives."

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 174
Date: 11 October 1917

Discharge date26 September 1919
Other detailsHe married Myrtle Warburton at Wickham, New South Wales in 1921 and had three children, John, George and Nancy. During the depression he worked on the roads where he was sent to Wauchope, New South Wales. He contacted meningitis and died in Port Macquarie Hospital at the age of 38. He was buried at the Church of England Cemetery, Port Macquarie in an unmarked grave.

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