CorporalFRENCH, JOHN ALEXANDER

Service Number QX1071

Died 04/09/1942

Aged 28

A.I.F. 2/9 Bn.
Australian Infantry

V C

Son of Albert and Lucy French, of Crows Nest, Queensland. His brother Gordon Albert French also fell.

Inscription

THE LOVE THAT PAYS THE PRICE MAKES UNDAUNTED THE FINAL SACRIFICE

Citation

The following details are given in the London Gazette of January 12th, 1943

At Milne Bay, New Guinea, on September 4th 1942, during an attack by an Australian Infantry battalion on the Japanese position east of the Buna Mission, the section commanded by Corporal French was held up by terrific fire from three enemy machine-gun posts. Corporal French, ordering his men to take cover, himself advanced and silenced two with grenades. Then, armed with a sub-machine-gun, he attacked the third post. Although badly wounded by enemy fire he continued to advance until it, too, was silenced. His section pushed on, to find that the three enemy gun crews had been killed, and that Corporal French had died in front of the third gun pit. By his cool courage and disregard of his own safety, this non-commissioned officer saved his section from heavy casualties and was responsible for the successful conclusion of the attack.

Buried at PORT MORESBY (BOMANA) WAR CEMETERY

Location: Papua New Guinea
Number of casualties: 3138

Cemetery/memorial reference: A2. E. 16.

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Cemetery details

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