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John CROLL

Regimental number3609
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm labourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinEllen Croll, 60 Batamio Street, Peton, New Zealand
Enlistment date16 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 2, Reinforcement 2 and Reinforcement 3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A45 Hessen on 2 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 20 July 1917

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 2 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 14 January 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Photo: Peter Dennis
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack south of Vendhuile on 29 September, 1918. Throughout the operation his battery was under heavy artillery and machine gun fire. At one time, when his and another detachment were blown out, he showed great courage and determination in reorganizing new detachments, and got his gun very quickly into action again.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 35
Date: 15 April 1920

Military Medal


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 9
Date: 24 January 1918

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death15 August 1959
Age at death64
Place of burialLeeton Cemetery, New South Wales

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