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John Gustav DELFS

Regimental number4495
Place of birthHamelin, Western Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationEngine driver
AddressBunbury, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, Mr J Delfs, Bunbury, Western Australia
Enlistment date26 October 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 12 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work 10 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 23 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 1 June 1916
Medals

Military Medal

'During our attack on the BLUE LINE on 10th August 1918 Corporal DELFS showed most conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. With six men he pushed forward outflanking and capturing an enemy machine gun which was enfilading our Left flank bringing in a wounded man of the party under heavy fire. This N.C.O. was wounded three times before being evacuated, remaining on duty until the objective was gained. Throughout he showed utter disregard for personal safety and the greatest grit and admirable leadership.'
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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