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John COX

Regimental number2067
ReligionMethodist
OccupationFarmer
AddressLaunceston, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinSister, Mrs Lucy Ion, 44 Dry Street, Invemay, Tasmania
Previous military service91st Infantry
Enlistment date31 May 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name40th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/57/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A49 Seang Choon on 23 September 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll2067A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll40th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 25 September 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'Near CLERY-sur-SOMME on the 30th August 1918, this soldier set a splendid example of initiative and courage in the use of his Lewis gun. During the advance he kept moving his gun forward to new positions and providing covering fire for the advancing troops. he was one of the first to reach an enemy strong point and materially assisted in its capture by inflicting numerous casualties. When the final objective was taken, being unable to get sufficient field of fire in the prone position to provide covering fire for the consolidating troops, Private COX immediately stood up and under heavy Machine Gun and Rifle fire from the enemy fired his Lewis Gun from his shoulder. He inflicted sever loss on the enemy and thus allowed our men to consolidate without casualties. He showed wonderful coolness and disregard for danger and by his tactical ability and devotion to duty on numerous occasions greatly assisted his company in the advance.'
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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