Sir John MONASH GCMG, KCB, VD

MONASH, John

Service Numbers: Officer, Commissioned Officer
Enlisted: 19 September 1914, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Lieutenant General
Last Unit: Australian Corps Headquarters
Born: West Melbourne, Victoria, 27 June 1865
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: St Stephen's School Richmond, Jerilderie Public School, Scotch College, University of Melbourne
Occupation: Civil engineer and Soldier
Died: Coronary Vascular Disease , Iona, Victoria, 8 October 1931, aged 66 years
Cemetery: Brighton General Cemetery, Victoria
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World War 1 Service

19 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Melbourne, Victoria
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Colonel, SN Officer, 4th Infantry Brigade Headquarters, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Colonel, SN Officer, 4th Infantry Brigade Headquarters, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
26 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Colonel, 4th Infantry Brigade Headquarters, ANZAC Gallipoli
1 Jul 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Brigadier General, 4th Infantry Brigade Headquarters, ANZAC Gallipoli
15 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Major General, 3rd Division Headquarters
7 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Major General, 3rd Division Headquarters, Messines
31 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Major General, 3rd Division Headquarters, Third Ypres
4 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Major General, 3rd Division Headquarters, Broodseinde Ridge
1 Jun 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant General, Australian Corps Headquarters, "Peaceful Penetration - Low-Cost, High-Gain Tactics on the Western Front"
1 Jun 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant General, Australian Corps Headquarters
4 Jul 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant General, Australian Corps Headquarters, Le Hamel - Blueprint for Victory
8 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant General, Australian Corps Headquarters, "The Last Hundred Days"
30 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant General, Australian Corps Headquarters, Mont St Quentin / Peronne
28 Sep 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant General, SN Commissioned Officer, Australian Corps Headquarters, Breaching the Hindenburg Line - Cambrai / St Quentin Canal

The Town of Monash - Riverland South Australia

The Town of Monash

Monash is a town in the Riverland area of South Australia. Monash was proclaimed in 1921 and is named after General Sir John Monash. The town is on the Sturt Highway between Barmera and Renmark.

At the 2006 census, Monash had a population of 1,115.
1918: Australians in France - General Sir John Monash

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Biography contributed by Aberfoyle Park High School

Sir John Monash GCMB, KCB, VD (1865-1931)

Arguably one of (and some would say THE) the best General/s of the First World War, Sir John Monash had a background as a militia engineer officer.  He commanded the 4th Brigade at Gallipoli, the 3rd Division on its formation and was appointed to command the Australian Corps in May 1918.   Renowned for detailed planning and attention to minor detail, his military fortunes improved as he ascended the chain of command. Innovative tactics applied by him in the conduct of the battle of Le Hamel on 4 July 1918, introduced what are known in more recent times as Combined Arms tactics.  This created the template for the conduct of the "Last Hundred Days" campaign by the British and Commonwealth Armies  which effectively led to the Armistice on 11 November 1918. As a child he was a very intelligent individual, and grew up to apply this intellect to his war plans. 

Sir John Monash has had numerous biographies written of him so it is not the intent of this site to repeat what has already been done in great detail and to good effect elsewhere.

There are two key biographies that the reader may wish to access:

Australian Dictionary of Biography by Geoffrey Serle 1986 HERE (adb.anu.edu.au)

Monash University authorised biography HERE (www.monash.edu.au)

National Library of Australia  - TROVE  - Newspapers, articles, photgraphs, records, books

Australian War Memorial Honours and Awards  - Monash J

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