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John Lentholl BRIDGLAND

Regimental number2123
Other NamesJohn Lenthall
ReligionMethodist
OccupationPrinter
AddressGoodwood Road, Goodwood, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Eliza Bridgland, Goodwood Road, Goodwood, South Australia
Enlistment date1 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 21 September 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll2123A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in South Australian Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'During the taking of MONT ST. QUENTIN on 1st September, 1918, these two men [BRIDGLAND and 4506 L.G. MEACHAM] were acting as No. 1 of Machine Guns and showed determination and initiative in the use of their weapons. Under intense fire from Machine Guns and Minnenwerfers, these men worked their way round to the flanks of an enemy Machine Gun nest, which was holding up our infantry and causing many casualties. They suddenly opened fire on the enemy from close range and silenced the gun, although their exposed position drew a heavy fire upon them. This operation was carried out without regard to personal danger and, by bravely sticking to their position, they enabled the infantry to reorganise the line.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death21 December 1960

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