Joseph Henry NOTT MC, MC*

NOTT, Joseph Henry

Service Numbers: 1, V20003
Enlisted: 20 August 1914, Enlisted 20 August 1914 at Broadmeadows Vic.
Last Rank: Major
Last Unit: Australian Army Service Corps
Born: Rutherglen, Victoria, Australia, 23 December 1891
Home Town: Rutherglen, Indigo, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Grocer
Died: Footscray, Victoria, Australia, 13 February 1978, aged 86 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Footscray Cemetery, Victoria
Memorials: Lilliput District Pictorial Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

20 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1, 4th Light Horse Regiment, Enlisted 20 August 1914 at Broadmeadows Vic.
19 Oct 1914: Involvement SN 1, 4th Light Horse Regiment
19 Oct 1914: Embarked SN 1, 4th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Anglo Egyptian, Melbourne
6 Aug 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1, 4th Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, Received numerous wounds while in action at Gallipoli, including gunshot wounds to his jaw and leg, and shrapnel wounds to his right hand.
6 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1, 4th Light Horse Regiment, The August Offensive - Lone Pine, Suvla Bay, Sari Bair, The Nek and Hill 60 - Gallipoli
29 Aug 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 4th Light Horse Regiment, Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in France
13 Apr 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 4th Light Horse Regiment, Promoted to Lieutenant in France.
28 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN 1, 4th Light Horse Regiment, "The Last Hundred Days"
28 Aug 1918: Honoured Military Cross, "The Last Hundred Days", While attached to British XXII Corps at the Battle of 2nd Marne (near Maricourt) was awarded the Military Cross.
10 Sep 1918: Honoured Military Cross and bar, "The Last Hundred Days", Received a Bar to his Military Cross and a French Croix de Guerres at Piezieres (Pozieres?) France when attached to British XXII Corps
28 Feb 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN 1, 4th Light Horse Regiment

World War 2 Service

1 Jul 1940: Enlisted Australian Army, Captain, SN V20003, 2nd/2nd Pioneer Battalion, Enlisted at Dandenong, Vic.
29 Nov 1943: Discharged Australian Army, Major, SN V20003, Australian Army Service Corps, Training Depot

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Biography contributed by Robert Wight

When war was declared, Joe Nott’s girlfriend, May, gave him an awful ultimatum – to stay with her or enlist. Nott, then 22 years of age, took a risk on his sweetheart staying true and promptly enlisted, taking his own horse with him.

He was seriously wounded on Gallipoli when shot in the jaw and leg, and he also received shrapnel wounds to his right hand. Returning to Egypt, Nott was subsequently transferred with others of the 4th LHR to France to serve on the Western Front.

On 28th August 1918, near Maricourt at the 2nd Battle of the Marne, Nott was awarded the MC for obtaining valuable information as to the location of Allied and enemy troops along the infantry line, and successfully reporting back to divisional headquarters.

Nott was later presented with a bar to the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry while leading a mounted action at the Western Front on September 10, 1918, at Piezieres (Pozieres?). He was also awarded the French Croix de Guerre for the same action.

Nott’s luck held and he returned to Australia in December 1918, keen to resume his life with his sweetheart. However, while Nott was away at the war, May had married a Jack Lee and had started a new life.

Joe Nott never married and died at the age of 86 in 1978.

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