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John Kenneth AVERY

Regimental number576
Place of birthShrewsbury England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationButcher
AddressCraigy Deryn, North Hermitage, Shrewsbury, England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinBrother, A.C. Avery, Craigy Deryn, North Hermitage, Shrewsbury, England
Enlistment date14 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name31st Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D sailed on two ships, HMAT A62 Wandilla, 9th November 1915 from Melbourne, and HMAT A41 Bakara, 5 November 1915, from Melbourne. It is not possible to tell from the Embarkation Roll on which ship an individual embarked.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D sailed on two ships, HMAT A62 Wandilla, 9th November 1915 from Melbourne, and HMAT A41 Bakara, 5 November 1915, from Melbourne. It is not possible to tell from the Embarkation Roll on which ship an individual embarked.
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: INF31
Promotion date: 20 August 1918

Lieutenant


Unit: INF31
Promotion date: 20 November 1918

FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'During the operations of 29th-30th September and 1st October 1918, near Nauroy, when the advance was held up by an enemy battery, he organized a Lewis gun team and engaged the battery, silencing it, thereby enabling the advance to continue. He also, single handed, captured an enemy machine gun, with its team which had been causing casualties. He showed fine courage and leadership, and did excellent work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920

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