2604 John William Downer MM 6 Bn AIF (WIA) / NX9601 2nd AIF and Son 445004 John


MM Group 2604 John William Downer 6 Bn AIF / NX9601 2nd AIF and Son 445004 John Downer


J.W Downer MM (Father):


WW1 Service -


1-9 Reinforcements Dec 1914 – Sept 1915


Date of Embarkation: 26 Aug 1915, Melb, HMAT Anchises A68

Date of Commonwealth of Australia Gazette: 15 September 1919

Location in Commonwealth of Australia Gazette: Page 1367, position 21

Date of London Gazette: 14 May 1919

Location in London Gazette: Page 6057, position 13


Recommendation for MM:

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on the 23rd day of August 1918 at HERLEVILLE Wood. During the attack this soldier, who through casualties was left in charge of his section, made repeated trips under heavy machine gun fire, laying and repairing nine lines forward to rear and to the flank corps.  He worked incessantly and untiringly throughout the operation and his good work helped considerably in maintaining communication between corps.  His daring and courage was of a high standard. 


WW2 Service - 


WW2 DOB Given as 16 Feb 1905 (clearly lied about his age)

WW2 Date of Enlistment 2 Jan 1940 – Discharged 14 Sept 1944



John Downer 445004 RAAF (Son)


Leading Aircraftman

DOB: 26 Jan 1926

Enlisted: 20 Apr 1944

Date of Discharge: 23 Jul 1946


Includes copies of numerous WW1 and WW2 photographs as shown.

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