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Righton John CAVANAGH

Place of birthPerth, Western Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationCivil engineer
AddressPerth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMay Harriet Trendgold, Albion Hotel, Cottesloe, Western Australia
Enlistment date15 March 1916
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit nameNo 6 Tunnelling Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number16/12/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 1 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Tunnelling Company
FateReturned to Australia 18 October 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While parties of infantry were entering Maulde on 25th/26th October, 1918, he investigated that town for enemy mines and traps. The place [was] being heavily shelled with yellow cross gas, and he had to wear a mask the whole day. He found and rendered harmless a large number of mines and traps. The following day he chlorinated places where gas mines had exploded and afterwards, at great risk, removed twelve overdue relay action mines from under priority railway lines.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 30
Date: 25 March 1920

Discharge date13 January 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Commenced return to Australia, 18 October 1919; discharged, 13 January 1920.

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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