|Object type||Colour - Toned black & white print|
|Place made||Australia: New South Wales, Newcastle|
First World War, 1914-1918
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
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Studio portrait of 1683 Private John Printer, 35th Battalion, of Adamstown, NSW. A carpenter ...
Studio portrait of 1683 Private John Printer, 35th Battalion, of Adamstown, NSW. A carpenter prior to enlistment, he embarked from Sydney, NSW with the 1st Reinforcements aboard HMAT Banalla (A24) on 1 May 1916. Pte Printer was transferred to 3rd Divisional Salvage Company in early January 1917; then promoted the rank of Corporal (Cpl) in October the same year. He was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. The recommendation reads 'While in charge of salvage parties in an advanced position, he carried out his work with great skill under most difficult conditions, and frequently under intense shell fire, and set a high standard of efficiency and courage to his comrades.' Cpl Printer returned to Australia on 5 March 1919.