Harold John (Jack) COCKERELL (COCKRELL) DCM

COCKERELL (COCKRELL), Harold John

Service Number: 1678
Enlisted: 21 January 1916, Brunswick, Victoria
Last Rank: Company Sergeant Major
Last Unit: 59th Infantry Battalion
Born: Yan Yean, Victoria, 1897
Home Town: Brunswick, Moreland, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Draper's assistant
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World War 1 Service

21 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1678, Brunswick, Victoria
4 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1678, 57th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
4 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1678, 57th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Melbourne
25 May 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 60th Infantry Battalion
23 Oct 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 60th Infantry Battalion
25 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1678, 60th Infantry Battalion, Villers-Bretonneux
26 Apr 1918: Honoured Distinguished Conduct Medal, Villers-Bretonneux
2 Aug 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 60th Infantry Battalion
8 Aug 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1678, 60th Infantry Battalion, Amiens
25 Sep 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Sergeant, 59th Infantry Battalion
19 Jan 1920: Discharged AIF WW1, Company Sergeant Major, SN 1678, 59th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Andrea Johnson

Embarkation Roll (www.awm.gov.au) has incorrectly recorded Surname spelling as COCKRELL 

Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal;

"...for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the advance at Villers-Bretonneux on 26th April... single handed he rounded a machine gun post killing the three occupants and capturing a gun which he immediately used to best advantage in dispersing the enemy and allowing our advance to be continued. He then advanced firing his own gun from his hip and thereby causing heavy casualties to the enemy. He took command of his platoon after his officer and platoon sergeant became casualties and from this he displayed the qualities of leadership, command and initiative..." - SOURCE (s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com)

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