John Herbert FARRELL DCM, MM+Bar

FARRELL, John Herbert

Service Number: 2612
Enlisted: 17 June 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 6th Infantry Battalion
Born: Panmure, Victoria, April 1889
Home Town: Garvoc, Corangamite, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Butcher
Died: Natural Causes, Caulfield, Victoria, 28 September 1938
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

17 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2612, 6th Infantry Battalion, Melbourne, Victoria
26 Aug 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2612, 6th Infantry Battalion
4 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2612, 6th Infantry Battalion, Broodseinde Ridge
9 Jul 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 2612, 6th Infantry Battalion, "Peaceful Penetration - Low-Cost, High-Gain Tactics on the Western Front"
13 Jan 1920: Discharged AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 2612, 6th Infantry Battalion

Awarded the DCM

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Lihous on 9 August 1918. He was the only man of his section left, so he attached himself to another company, taking charge of a gun section which had lost its leader. At the head of his section he stormed a strong post in a quarry, driving the enemy out. Although wounded, he continued in control of his men until he was again wounded, and had to be carried off the field.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

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Awarded the Military Medal at Broodseinde Ridge

'On 4/5th October, 1917 during the attack on BROODSEINDE Ridge east of YPRES this man showed great bravery and skill in the use of his Lewis Gun in the attack on a strong point in the road. He succeeded in preventing the enemy machine guns from causing damage and continued to use his gun after he had been wounded through the side. His gallant action did much towards the capture of this Strong Point. He remained on duty until the Battalion was relieved when he evacuated.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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John Herbert Farrell DCM, MM and Bar

In an example of "peaceful penetration" on 9 July 1918, Captain John Herbert Farrell MM, 6th Battalion, single-handedly captured a German gun crew of eight men and their machine gun near Merris.

Just before going into the line at Merris, Captain Carne said to Blue (Farrell) - "I am going to send you to a N.C.O. School when we come out of the line." Bluey dropped his bundle and said - "Cripes, don't do that Captain." Captain Carne humourously replied- "Well Farrell, if you bring me in a little Fritz for identification purposes, I won't send you."

That night Captain Carne was sitting in his dugout, when to his surprise there arrived five Fritzes and Bluey with a Fritz Machine Gun on his shoulder. He grinned, saluted and just said "No School."
From Ce Ne Fait Rien [No Worries], Magazine of the 6th Battalion.

"Tragically, Farrell was later killed in action on 28 September 1918". (* Ed note - there seems to be an incongruity here - he is listed as having died on 28 September 1938)

AWM - https://www.awm.gov.au/visit/exhibitions/1918/battles/peacepen

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Biography

"...2612 Corporal John Herbert Farrell, 6th Battalion, formerly a butcher of Garvoc, Vic. Awarded the Military Medal, 4-5 October 1917; Distinguished Conduct Medal, 9 August 1918; bar to Military Medal, 9-10 July 1918. Cpl Farrell died 28 September 1938." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

"A.I.F. REUNIONS  Comrade's Death

Show Eve always has provided an opportunity for former war comrades to assemble in a spirit of happy camaraderie. Last night nearly a score of units held reunions in the city. The 6th Battalion publication prints annually an exploit of one of its members. This year Sergeant J. H. Farrell was chosen. For his capture of a German machine-gun post and the men with it he was awarded a bar to his Military Medal, and before he was wounded he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry. After a long struggle in hospital he returned to Australia. "A strafe never seemed so bad when you shared a dugout with him." So his battalion honoured a stricken comrade. Yesterday Sergeant Farrell died at the Caulfield Military Hospital." - from the Melbourne Argus 29 Sep 1938 (nla.gov.au)

 

 

 

 

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