RODAKIS, Nicholas

Service Number: 5451
Enlisted: 11 February 1916, Warrnambool, Victoria
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 4th Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Athens, Greece, 26 January 1879
Home Town: Warrnambool, Warrnambool, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Locomotive Engine Driver
Died: Natural causes, Ashburton, Victoria, Australia, 20 November 1961, aged 82 years
Cemetery: Fawkner Memorial Park Cemetery, Victoria
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World War 1 Service

11 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5451, Warrnambool, Victoria
4 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 5451, 14th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Melbourne
4 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5451, 14th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
23 May 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 4th Machine Gun Company
23 Aug 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 4th Machine Gun Company
29 Sep 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 5451, 4th Machine Gun Battalion, Breaching the Hindenburg Line - Cambrai / St Quentin Canal
16 Sep 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 5451, 4th Machine Gun Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement 14th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Military Medal Recommendation

'Is recommended for conspicuous gallantry and skill as a machine gunner where he proved himself of distinctive value during the attack near ZONNEBEKE on 26th September, 1917. On the afternoon of the 27th September, 1917, when a heavy counter attack was impending and our parapet was being swept by enemy snipers and machine guns in addition to artillery barrage, he mounted his gun in a very exposed position in order to obtain the best field of fire and although his tripod was hit several times by snipers bullets and his tunic ripped, he fearlessly stood to his post and inflicted heavy losses on he enemy. The work done by this N.C.O. was of considerable value in repulsing a determined counter attack by the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918



Sergeant, Nicholas Rodakis, 4th Battalion, Australian Machine Gun Corps (Attached) 105th U.S. Infantry, 27th Division 

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Nicholas Rodakis, Sergeant, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ronssoy, France, September 29, 1918, while attached to Machine gun Company, 105th U.S. Infantry, 27th Division, A.E.F. Organizing troops from different units, Sergeant Rodakis exhibited great bravery and dash in leading them into effective combat, inspiring all by his courage and fearlessness.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919