John Edwin ACKROYD MM

ACKROYD, John Edwin

Service Number: 324
Enlisted: 1 March 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 40th Infantry Battalion
Born: Hobart, Tas., 19 November 1887
Home Town: Molesworth, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
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World War 1 Service

1 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 324, 40th Infantry Battalion
1 Jul 1916: Involvement Private, SN 324, 40th Infantry Battalion
1 Jul 1916: Embarked Private, SN 324, 40th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Berrima, Hobart
25 Jul 1917: Honoured Military Medal, 'At ARMENTIERES on the night 3rd/4th January, 1917, during an enemy raid on our trenches, he acted with great coolness and gallantry. He assisted in the firing of a Lewis gun until the gun was put out of action by being smothered in mud from bursting Minenwerfers. He then mounted the parapet, threw bombs, and fired his rifle at the raiders, doing excellent services in the successful repelling of the raid. He had, on a previous occasion, done remarkably good and cool work in connection with the repelling of an enemy raid.' Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 116 Date: 25 July 1917

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of George ACKROYD and Mary Jane nee HALL


Military Medal

'At ARMENTIERES on the night 3rd/4th January, 1917, during an enemy raid on our trenches, he acted with great coolness and gallantry. He assisted in the firing of a Lewis gun until the gun was put out of action by being smothered in mud from bursting Minenwerfers. He then mounted the parapet, threw bombs, and fired his rifle at the raiders, doing excellent services in the successful repelling of the raid. He had, on a previous occasion, done remarkably good and cool work in connection with the repelling of an enemy raid.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 116
Date: 25 July 1917

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