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John Patrick DESMOND

Regimental number651
Place of birthBallarat, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address119 Campbell's Crescent, Ballarat South, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs S Desmond, 119 Campbell's Crescent, Ballarat South, Victoria
Previous military serviceRoyal Australian Garrison Artillery
Enlistment date1 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameHeavy Artillery Group 36, Reinforcement 7
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/49/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 29 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollBombardier
Unit from Nominal Roll36th Heavy Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Meritorious Service Medal

Recommendation date: 12 February 1918

FateReturned to Australia 1 July 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'During the occupation of the position near VERBRANDENMOLEN the heavy and almost daily shelling during September and October, 1917, frequently cut the lines between the B.C. post and the Exchange some 600 yards distant. Day or night and without regard to shelling these men never hesitated to go and repair their lines so that communication was always maintained with Brigade Headquarters. No. 651 Gunner DESMOND has a fine example of true courage and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 9
Date: 24 January 1918

Date of death17 July 1956

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