Major General John Paton

Ranks Held Brigadier General, Colonel, Lieutenant Colonel, Major General, Temporary Brigadier General
Birth Date 18 November 1867
Birth Place Australia: New South Wales, Newcastle
Death Date 21 November 1943
Death Place Australia: New South Wales, Newcastle
Final Rank Major General
Service Australian Imperial Force
Units
Place Newcastle
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918
Gazettes Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1918-11-07
Published in London Gazette in 1916-07-13
Published in London Gazette in 1918-06-03
Published in London Gazette in 1917-02-15
Published in London Gazette in 1918-05-28
Published in London Gazette in 1916-06-03
Published in London Gazette in 1917-01-04
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1916-09-21
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1918-10-24
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1917-06-29
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1916-11-30
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1917-07-25

Rolls

  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    Staff
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Temporary Brigadier General
    London Gazette
    13 July 1916 on page 6943 at position 6
    Commonwealth Gazette
    30 November 1916 on page 3233 at position 21
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Unit
    6th Australian Infantry Brigade
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Brigadier General
  • First World War Embarkation Roll:

    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Colonel
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Unit
    2nd Australian Division
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Colonel
  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    25th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant Colonel
    London Gazette
    03 June 1916 on page 5555 at position 1
    Commonwealth Gazette
    21 September 1916 on page 2621 at position 24
  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    Staff
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Temporary Brigadier General
    London Gazette
    04 January 1917 on page 253 at position 26
    Commonwealth Gazette
    29 June 1917 on page 1391 at position 42
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Unit
    7th Australian Infantry Brigade
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Colonel
  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    5th Australian Infantry Brigade
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Temporary Brigadier General
    London Gazette
    03 June 1918 on page 6454 at position 12
    Commonwealth Gazette
    07 November 1918 on page 2110 at position 16
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Unit
    7th Australian Infantry Brigade
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Colonel
  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    Staff
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Temporary Brigadier General
    London Gazette
    28 May 1918 on page 6200 at position 43
    Commonwealth Gazette
    24 October 1918 on page 2055 at position 59

Timeline

Date of birth 18 November 1867
Other 1887 Joined the New South Wales Military Forces as a second lieutenant on the 4th Infantry.
Date promoted 1894 Promoted to captain.
Date promoted 1907 Promoted to major.
Date promoted 1909 Promoted to lieutenant colonel.
Other 1914 Appointed to command the Newcastle Defended Port at the outbreak of war.
Date promoted 01 July 1914 Appointed to colonel and assumed command of the 4th Infantry Brigade.
Other 1914-10 Took a drop in rank to lieutenant colonel in order to become Second in Command of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF).
Other 09 October 1914 Captured the German motor launch Komet.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1915
Date and unit at appointment (Officers) 16 March 1915 Appointed to command the 25th Battalion as a lieutenant colonel.
Date of embarkation 02 June 1915
Date of embarkation 29 June 1915
Date of recommendation honour or award 01 September 1915
Other units 15 October 1915 Took over the 7th Brigade at ANZAC unuder the orders of Major General Legge.
Date of honour or award 01 January 1916 Appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) for his services at Gallipoli.
Date promoted 01 January 1916 Promoted to colonel and temporary brigadier general.
Date wounded 05 November 1916 Wounded by a German sniper and evacuated to England.
Other units 25 May 1917 Given command of the 17th Infantry Brigade in England.
Other units 19 July 1917 Returned to France to take charge of the 6th Infantry Brigade.
Other units 1918 - 1926 Commanded the 5th and 1st Brigades, and the 2nd Division until retiring with the rank of major general.
Date of recommendation honour or award 04 March 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 09 March 1918
Date of honour or award 24 August 1918 Appointed a Companion of St Michael and St George (CMG) for his services.
Other 24 August 1918 Elected to retire and return to Australia.
Date of death 21 November 1943