John Richard ATKINS

Regimental number1712
Place of birthDover England
ReligionChurch of England
Addressc/o Mrs Hudson, 2 Ridge Street, North Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, H Atkins, 55 Berdhurst Rise, South Croydon Surrey, England
Enlistment date6 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Pay Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Distinguished conduct and bravery in the field. Coolness and initiative in leading section and great personal courage. (Bullecourt 6-7 May 1917).
Recommendation date: 15 May 1917

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When his Corporal was wounded he took charge of his section and bombed the enemy continuously for two hours, capturing 50 yards of trench. Throughout he controlled the men with splendid courage, and set a fine example.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917