honor role

Symonds, Jack Sherman

** DCM 3559 Pte to Sgt. 16th Bn. to 24th Howitzer Brigade to 11th Field Artillery Brigade.

Born at Chidlow’s Well, WA, Presbyterian. Enlisted 13 July 1915 age 18, farmer. Nok mother, Sarah Jane Symonds, Leake St, Cottesloe. Embarked at Fremantle 1 November 1915 per A24 Benalla. Wounded in action gassed in France 7 October 1918. RTA 20 December 1918 per Orontes. Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal, 5 Sept. 1919; 5th Supplement No. 31370 to the London Gazette dated 3rd June, 1919. Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No 42, 20 May 1920.   Citation:  ‘On 27 September, 1918, near Ronsoy, a heavy hostile barrage was put down on the road in rear of the batteries. Direct hits occurred on teams; many drivers were wounded, wagons overturned, and animals stampeded. He immediately assisted in removing the wounded, cleared the road of dead horses, and reorganized the traffic.’ Service medals: DCM, 1914-1915 Star, BWM and VM.