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John CATTON

Regimental number499
Place of birthKew, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address62 Disraeli Street, Kew, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinSister, Annie Obart, 62 Disraeli Street, Kew, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date12 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At MORLANCOURT on night 28/29th July 1918. Conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. This soldier was a volunteer Stretcher Bearer from Headquarters Details and worked throughout our attack and capture of enemy system, constantly under heavy shell and Machine Gun fire. Without rest this man under great difficulties laboured on until all the wounded had been brought in. He showed a total disregard of danger and continued his duties of carrying in wounded all during the following day. This soldier never ceased his work until all were brought in, by which time he was thoroughly exhausted. He displayed courage and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 5716 Pte James Thomas CATTON, 22nd Bn, killed in action, 3 May 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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