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John Gilbert ENGEL

Regimental number711
Place of birthPrahran, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address19 Athol Street, Prahran, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs C Engel, 19 Athol Street, Prahran, Victoria
Enlistment date23 February 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll23 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll23rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

For conspicuous gallantry as a runner during the attack on the Hindenburg Line in repeatedly crossing heavy enemy barrages with messages and orders with remarkable regularity and speed.;
Recommendation date: 14 May 1917

Bar to Military Medal

Work at Mont St. Quentin on 1 September 1918.
Recommendation date: 13 September 1918

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30107 (1 June 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169 (4 October 1917).
Recommendation date: Unspecified

FateReturned to Australia 9 February 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry as runners during the attack on the Hindenburg Line on 3rd May 1917 in repeatedly crossing heavy enemy barrages with messages and orders with remarkable regularity and speed.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Bar to Military Medal

'During the capture of MT. ST. QUENTIN on 1st September, 1918, this man acted as Company Runner. Through intense machine gun and artillery fire he carried messages to and from Battalion Headquarters. he voluntarily crossed the open under heavy fire to an isolated part of the unit and obtained valuable information for his Officer Commanding. During the afternoon, at the mopping-up of MT. ST. QUENTIN he was invaluable, continually carrying messages under the severest conditions. His energy, fearlessness, and devotion to duty furnished a splendid example and was of great value.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75
Date: 17 June 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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