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John Thomas COONEY

Regimental number4785
Place of birthDunedin, New Zealand
ReligionChurch of England
AddressHotel Metropole, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, J Cooney, Detective Sergeant, Thames, New Zealand
Enlistment date27 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 March 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Pioneer Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: 5 Pnr Btn
Promotion date: 6 January 1919


Unit: 5 Pnr Btn
Promotion date: 6 April 1919

FateReturned to Australia 28 September 1919

Military Medal

'On the 29th September 1918, near BELLICOURT, Sergeant COONEY, at a critical time, had to take charge of his platoon engaged on forward road work. He successfully conducted his men to a position of security at the assembly point in spite of a very heavy enemy barrage. He showed great ability and set an excellent example of coolness throughout the day in the handling of his men, whom he frequently had to lead through very heavily shelled areas. This N.C.O. has on previous occasions shown consistently the same qualities.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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