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John Albert DEERE

Regimental number16531
Place of birthGlamorgan Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngine driver and plumber
AddressAvoca, Mountain Avenue, Woonona, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation35
Next of kinWife, Mrs Hannah Deere, Avoca, Mountain Avenue, Woonona, New South Wales
Enlistment date1 October 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll23 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameDecember 1916 Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/42/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 2 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Company Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Valuble services under fire, showing conspicuous courage and coolness. (East of Ypres 0n 4 October 1917)'
Recommendation date: 9, 12 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 20 December 1915

Military Medal

'During the operations east of YPRES on 4th October 1917, he was employed on the construction of a strong point on BECELAERE RIDGE. On his Section Officer becoming a casualty he put forward great efforts and was of great assistance to his senior N.C.O. in supervising the work and keeping the men under perfect control, notwithstandidng the fact that the post came under the enemy's machine gun fire. With great disregard for his own personal safety he several times ran out in the open to render first aid to members of his section who had become casualties and by his cool manner and strong personality every man was urged to his utmost.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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