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John Wilfred DABBS

Regimental number615
Place of birthBirmingham, England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressGrenfell, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 4"
Weight142 lbs
Next of kinFather, 291 Gillett Road, Birmingham, England
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the Imperial Yeomanry.
Enlistment date22 August 1914
Place of enlistmentRandwick, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A23 Suffolk on 18 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Refers Lone Pine
Recommendation date: Unspecified

FateKilled in Action 5 September 1916
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialRailway Dugouts Burial Ground (Plot VI, Row M, Grave No. 10) (Transport Farm), Zillebeke, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William Arthur and Alice Maud DABBS, Raglan Road, Smethwick, England. Native of Birmingham, England

Military Medal

'When his Officer had been wounded DABBS took charge of a section of the captured trench of Lone Pine and barricaded the main communication trench leading from Knife Edge, his action prevented the enemy from bombing our Machine gun which was in this sector; he showed great bravery and coolness during the counter-attacks by the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DABBS John Wilfred

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