AMESBURY, John Andrew

Service Number: 2020
Enlisted: 13 April 1916, Quorn, South Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 3rd Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Beltana, South Australia, 25 November 1891
Home Town: Lyndhurst, South Australia
Schooling: Beltana School
Occupation: Teamster
Died: Killed in Action, France, 25 May 1918, aged 26 years
Cemetery: La Motte-Brebiere Communal Cemetery
La Notte-Brebiare Communal Cemetery West Side, La Motte-Brebiere Communal Cemetery, La Motte-Brebiere, Amiens, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Beltana & District WW1 Roll of Honor, Lyndhurst War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

13 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Quorn, South Australia
13 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2020, 50th Infantry Battalion
13 Jul 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2020, 50th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Bee, Adelaide
25 May 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 2020, 3rd Machine Gun Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement 2020, 43rd Infantry Battalion

Basic information

*Amesbury, John ‘Jack’ Andrew M.M. 2020, Private 3/50th Battalion. Born 25 November 1891
at Beltana S.A. Enlisted Quorn, S.A. 13 April 1916. Teamster 24 years, single – Address: Lyndhurst Siding, South Australia. Unit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 13 July 1916. N.O.K. (Mother) Mary Louise Place [Amesbury], Lyndhurst Siding, South Australia. Served in England and France. Killed in Action 25 May 1918. Buried at La Motte-Brebiare Communal Cemetery, France. Awarded Military Medal 19 July 1917.

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Citation for Military Medal, London Gazette Page 9613 position 1 reads

'On the night 2nd/3rd July, 1917, in the trenches east of MESSINES, the Company to which this man belongs was engaged in a minor operation against an enemy strong point, and two of his comrades were wounded. When the assaulting party withdrew, Privates AMESBURY and REES remained behind and drew the wounded men into a shell hole about 30 yards from the enemy strong point. Private REES set out for some stretchers, and Private AMESBURY immediately attended the wounded men. As the enemy were approaching Private AMESBURY kept up a rapid rifle fire on the advancing troops, and against the enemy strong point, although during the whole period he was subjected to heavy fire both from machine guns and bombs; but was able by his great effort to keep off the enemy, and this prevented them from capturing his comrades. In this action he displayed great coolness and bravery as he was opposed to much superior forces. A total of two Officers and forty men were engaged in this enterprise.'

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Son of John Andrew and Mary Louisa Amesbury of Lyndhurst Siding, South Australia