John Joseph HEWITSON MM

HEWITSON, John Joseph

Service Number: 1146
Enlisted: 11 January 1915, Melbourne, Vic.
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 22nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Captain's Flat, New South Wales, Australia, 1889
Home Town: Abbotsford, Boroondara, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Grocer
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World War 1 Service

11 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1146, 22nd Infantry Battalion, Melbourne, Vic.
10 May 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1146, 22nd Infantry Battalion
10 May 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1146, 22nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
12 Jul 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 22nd Infantry Battalion, Egypt, Reduced to ranks 5 March 1916 after being AWL.
6 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 1146, 22nd Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
29 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1146, 22nd Infantry Battalion
27 Jul 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 1146, 22nd Infantry Battalion, Pozières, Gassed and SW right wrist. Rejoined unit 17 August 1916.
3 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1146, 22nd Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (Second)
20 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1146, 22nd Infantry Battalion, Menin Road
4 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1146, 22nd Infantry Battalion, Broodseinde Ridge
9 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1146, 22nd Infantry Battalion, Poelcappelle
27 Oct 1917: Honoured Military Medal, Poelcappelle, For conspicuous courage and devotion to duty on 9th October, 1917.
19 Feb 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Driver, 22nd Infantry Battalion, Belgium
19 May 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 1146, 22nd Infantry Battalion, German Spring Offensive 1918
4 Jul 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 1146, 22nd Infantry Battalion, Le Hamel - Blueprint for Victory
8 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 1146, 22nd Infantry Battalion, The Battle of Amiens
1 Sep 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 1146, 22nd Infantry Battalion, Mont St Quentin / Peronne
5 Oct 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 1146, 22nd Infantry Battalion, Montbrehain
29 Jun 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Driver, SN 1146, 22nd Infantry Battalion, RTA 9 March 1919 for discharge.

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Biography contributed by Robert Wight

Military Medal citation:

'For conspicuous courage and devotion to duty. On 9th October, 1917, at ANZAC HOUSE this man was in charge of a pack mule carrying ammunition to the forward dumps. He made repeated trips through the heaviest barrages. When casualties occurred this man went to their assistance regardless of his own safety, attended to the wounded and despatched the stretcher bearers. He then resumed his duty and carried on for a long period until completely exhausted. his excellent work had a great influence on the other men of the transport section.'

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

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