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John Edward BUSHELLE

Place of birthPaddington, Sydney, New South Wales
Other NamesJohn Ward
ReligionChurch of England
AddressSydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinWife, Mrs Kathleen Dorothy Bushelle, c/o A Duke Tongo, E S and A Bank, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date16 February 1916
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name36th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/53/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 13 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll36th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Not awarded.
Recommendation date: 28 February 1918

Military Cross

Recommendation date: Refers 4 April 1918

Other details from Roll of Honour Circularb. 3 May 1892. Enlisted 16 February 1916 - being appointed a 2nd Lieutenant i the 36th Bn. Promoted to Lieutenant, 21 March 1917; Captain, 1 November 1917. Awarded the Military Cross.
FateKilled in Action 6 April 1918
Place of death or woundingVillers-Bretonneux, France
Age at death25
Place of burialBlangy-Tronville Communal Cemetery (Grave No. 40), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial

Military Cross

''For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in leading his company in a counter attack. In the face of heavy fire he showed an utter disregard for danger, and by his fearless leadership greatly assisted in the success of the operation. Later, under heavy and close machine gun fire, he moved in the open, directing the work of his company.''
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross,British War Medal, Victory Medal

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