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John David WALSH

Regimental number4899
Place of birthThebarton, South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationAerated water trade
Address22 Hanson Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 9.5"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Walsh, 22 Hanson Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 November 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board RMS Mongolia on 9 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll50th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919

Military Medal

'This man during the operations at Villers-Bretonneux on the night of 24/25th April, 1918, undertook difficult patrol work locating enemy posts that were menacing our advance, and bringing back valuable information which was of utmost importance to his company. Later on in the operations, when no stretcher- bearers were left, he volunteered to act as a stretcher-bearer and in this capacity his work was of the highest order. He continually exposed himself to heavy machine-gun and shell fire in the execution of his duty. His courage and coolness set a fine example to all ranks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Discharge date21 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 7 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 14 June 1916.

Found guilty, Etaples, 9 September 1916, of being absent from 2 pm parade: forfeited 5 days' pay.

Wounded in action, 8 January 1917 (gun shot wound, thigh), and admitted to 38th Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to Ambulance Train No 25, 9 January 1917, and admitted to 11th Stationary Hospital, Rouen; transferred to England, 17 January 1917, and admitted to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Brighton (gun shot wound, left hand and knee: severe); discharged on furlough, 20 March 1917, to report to No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 4 April 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 3 May 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 25 May 1917.

Found guilty, 3 September 1917, of while on Active Service, disobedience of Routine Order, viz. consuming Iron Rations: awarded forfeiture of 7 days' pay.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 29 April 1918.

Awarded Military Medal, 1 June 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 2 July 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 17 July 1918.

Admitted to 14th Field Ambulance, 1 August 1918 (ear boil), and transferred to 5th Casualty Clearing Station; to 8th General Hospital, 7 August 1918; discharged to No 2 Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 8 August 1918; to 11th Convalescent Depot, Buchy, 11 August 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 31 August 1918.

Appointed Temporary Corporal, 1 January 1919.

Marched out for return to Australia, 29 January 1919, and reverted to Lance Corporal.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Commonwealth', 13 April 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 6 June 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Adelaide, 21 July 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death27 October 1966
SourcesNAA: B2455, WALSH John David

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