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Jack Mark DEACON

Regimental number1700
Place of birthSt Arnaud, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTanner
Address143 Bell Street, Preston, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs Isabella Deacon, 143 Bell Street, Preston, Victoria
Enlistment date15 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 29 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 15 April 1917

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 19 June 1917

FateReturned to Australia 8 May 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'On the morning of 11th April, 1917 in the attack on the HINDEBURG LINE in the neighbourhood of RIENCOURT L/Corporal DEACON was conspicuous by his initiative and calmness under most trying circumstances throughout the operations he kept his section in hand and during a very intense machine gun barrage he personally went over the parapet and carried in a wounded man who seemed likely to be further injured by the hail of bullets around him. During the withdrawal he was wounded but managed to gain our trenches.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death25 May 1964

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