John William GRUNDELL DCM

GRUNDELL, John William

Service Number: 3027
Enlisted: 12 July 1915, Geelong, Victoria
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 5th Field Company Engineers
Born: Geelong, Victoria, 1893
Home Town: Geelong West, Greater Geelong, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Brick-layer
Died: Geelong, Victoria, 1 July 1979, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Geelong Western Cemetery, Victoria
NWALL: Row: 7 Grave: 78
Memorials: Geelong West Cycling Club
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World War 1 Service

12 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Geelong, Victoria
24 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 3027, 5th Field Company Engineers
24 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 3027, 5th Field Company Engineers, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne

Awards and Distinctions

For devotion to duty under all circumstances and for efficient handling of working parties.
Recommendation date: 14 June 1916
Mention in Despatches

Work at Pozieres.
Recommendation date: 13 September 1916
Distinguished Conduct Medal

Work near Peronne on 29-30 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 28 January 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal
'On the night 29-30 August, 1918, during operations near Peronne he showed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty under extremely heavy shell fire whilst supervising the construction of a footbridge across the Canal du Somme at Halle. Again, on 30 August, he set a fine example to those under him whilst supervising the construction of two bridges for horse transport across the Somme at Clery.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 42
Date: 20 May 1920

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