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John FENNELL

Regimental number5092
Place of birthPenola South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
AddressGnowangerup, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinMother, Mrs J Fennell, Penola, South Australia
Enlistment date20 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 31 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 18 April 1917

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).
Recommendation date: 24 January 1919

FateReturned to Australia 1 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At BULLECOURT on 11th April 1917 this Non Commissioned Officer showed extreme bravery and devotion to his comrades; after the retirement he went out into NO MAN'S LAND and brought in the wounded under enemy barrage and machine gun fire and he was the means of saving many wounded men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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