Saturday, December 3, 2016

Military Medal Recipients WWI

badgeaifww15 men from the Milton Ulladulla received the Military Medal (MM) in recognition of their gallant and distinguished conduct and service during World War 1

BOOTH  W.  PVT.  MM:  William J Douglas Booth
Service: 33rd Battalion, B Company. Military Medal: Source: Commonwealth Gazette No. 109. Date: 15 September 1919

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations near BRAY on 22nd August, 21918. Lance Corporal BOOTH was a No. 1 Lewis gunner. During the advance the right flank of his Company was held up by an enemy machine gun. Acting on his own initiative, this N.C.O. rushed the enemy post and, firing his lewis gun from the hip, he captured the machine gun and crew. Throughout he did most excellent work, particularly during the enemy counter attack. His prompt and accurate fire inflicted severe casualties on the enemy. He displayed splendid initiative and the greatest daring at all times.

BISHOP  W.H.  PVT.  MM Walter Herbert Bishop
Service: 19th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement and  55th Battalion. RTA 8 May 1919
Walter was awarded the Military Medal for his service. Source: ‘Commonwealth Gazette’ No. 109. Date: 15 September 1919

‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations at PERONNE on 1st and 2nd September 1918. Private Bishop was one of a section of Lewis Gunners who showed great courage and keenness under terrific enemy artillery and Machine Gun fire; going forward with his Lewis Gun he assisted greatly in the advance of our line to a stronger position. The advance at one time was temporarily held up, but this soldier’s gun being brought into action enabled his party to advance. He had no regard for his own personal safety and during the whole of the operations his courage and daring was most noticeable and his behaviour throughout was a good example to his comrades.’

DUFFY  T.  PVT.  MM Thomas Duffy
Service: 39th Battalion
Military Medal awarded noted in the London Gazette: 16 August 1917

JONES  W.J.   PVT.  MM William John Jones
William John (Big Jack) Jones
Service: 19th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
RTA 1 July 1919 “Franfurt” with the 3rd Battalion, discharged 2 July 1919
William was commended for the Military medal on 26 October 1918, which was present to William in England 14 May 1919. On 11 August 1918 still with the 19th Battalion William showed distinguished service and great courage and bravery throughout the heaviest of fighting, continue to running messages between the battalion headquarters and the attacking troops, passing through the enemy artillery barrage and facing intense machine gun and rifle fire, with utter disregard for his person safety.

KING  E.C.  GNR  MM Edward King
Service:  13th FAB
Death: KIA 4 October 1918.
Burial:  Trincourt New British Cemetery France
Citation  record for MM. Awarded Military Medal – 19 November 1917
MM Citation 11 November 1917
Unit 113th Howitzer Battery, 13 Australian Field Artillery Brig. 5th Division
Source: ‘Commonwealth Gazette’ No. 110. Date: 25 July 1918

‘On the night of the 1st November, 1917, No. 1970 Gunner Edward KING in company with Bombardier [360A A.G.] MOSELY and Gunner [29985 C.E.] MINCHIN when passing near GLENCORSE WOOD, heard a cry for help. The ground was excessively boggy and the enemy were shelling the spot heavily at the time, and the darkness of the night was also instrumental in prolonging their search. Gunner KING’s perseverance and that of his comrades resulted in their finding a wounded man to whom they rendered first aid and then carried to a dressing station. This man is a telephonist and has repeatedly shown the same valour and disregard for danger in carrying out his work under heavy fire. His conduct is worthy of special recognition. Awarded Military Medal 19th November, 1917.’
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