John Douglas KINNON MM

KINNON, John Douglas

Service Number: 381
Enlisted: 22 April 1916, Enlisted at Mackay, QLD
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Mackay, Queensland, Australia, 12 December 1896
Home Town: Mackay, Mackay, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Blacksmith Striker
Died: Queensland, Australia, 25 July 1973, aged 76 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Farleigh Mill & District Roll of Honour, Glenella State School WW1 Roll of Honour, Mackay Old Town Hall Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

22 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 381, 12th Machine Gun Company, Enlisted at Mackay, QLD
19 Sep 1916: Involvement Private, 381, 12th Machine Gun Company
19 Sep 1916: Embarked Private, 381, 12th Machine Gun Company, HMAT Commonwealth, Melbourne
3 May 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 381, 12th Machine Gun Company, Remained on duty
1 Jun 1918: Honoured Military Medal, Villers-Bretonneux, Citations reads: For gallantry and devotion to duty during operations at Villers Bretonneux on 3rd May 1918. Although wounded he carried on with his work, and later when the infantry withdrew went out and recovered the gun which had been dropped by a wounded comrade. Throughout the attack he displayed wonderful coolness and pluck. London Gazette on 13 September 1918, page 10778, position 62 Commonwealth of Australia Gazette on 4 February 1919, page 129, position 113
7 Jul 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, 4th Machine Gun Battalion, Holding the rank of temporary Corporal
20 Aug 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, 381, 4th Machine Gun Battalion, Second occasion. Remained on duty
24 Aug 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 381, 4th Machine Gun Battalion, Third occasion. Gassed. Invalided to England on 30 August 1918. Reverted back to Private having had the temporary rank of Corporal
21 Mar 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 381, 4th Machine Gun Battalion, Discharge at the 1st Military District as medically unfit due to gassing

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Robert Kinnnon and Catherine Ester Pearce Kinnon nee Miles of 'Glenella', Mackay, Qld. Brother of Robert Richard Kinnon who killed in action on 8 August 1918 at Villers-Bretonneux while serving with the 9th Battalion. He is buried in the Villers-Bretonneux Cemetery Plot X111, Row D, Grave 8; Henry Kinnon, Geoerge Kinnon, Elizabeth Kinnon and Rubina Kinnon

Commenced return to Australia on 18 December 1918 aboard HT Aeneas disembarking on the 2 January 1919

Medals: Military Medal, Victory Medal

On 12 December 1922 John married Ellen Beatrice Collins in QLD