Jeremiah (Jerry) DONOVAN DCM, MM

DONOVAN, Jeremiah

Service Numbers: 759, N153849
Enlisted: 29 November 1915, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: Volunteer Defence Corps (SA)
Born: Skibbereen, Ireland, 10 October 1893
Home Town: Kurri Kurri, Cessnock, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Miner
Died: Natural causes, Kurr Kurri, New South Wales, 4 April 1986, aged 92 years
Cemetery: South Maitland (Kurri Kurri) Cemetery
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World War 1 Service

29 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 759, Sydney, New South Wales
1 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 759, 35th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Benalla, Sydney
1 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 759, 35th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
5 May 1918: Honoured Military Medal, "Peaceful Penetration - Low-Cost, High-Gain Tactics on the Western Front", 'For devotion to duty and courageous action during an attack on enemy position near MORLANCOURT on night of 5th/6th May, 1918. After his platoon Commander had become a casualty, this N.C.O. assumed command and under a great deal of shell and rifle fire re organised the men of his own and other platoons supervised consolidation, and held off the enemy for sometime until the situation was quite cleared up and the new line well established. His services were of the greatest value, his coolness and initiative being a great help to his Company Commander
28 Aug 1918: Honoured Distinguished Conduct Medal, "The Last Hundred Days", For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack on Curlu on 28 August, 1918. In command of the left assault platoon on the left battalion, he pushed out and established a forward post, where he came under heavy machine gun fire. Without hesitation he worked forward 100 yards and bombed the gun. He then assisted the next unit to establish an advance post
6 Jan 1919: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 35th Infantry Battalion

World War 2 Service

1 Oct 1945: Discharged Lieutenant, N153849, Volunteer Defence Corps (SA)
Date unknown: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lieutenant, N153849

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