Sergeant John Woods Whittle

Service number 481, 2902, 347
Ranks Held Stoker 2nd Class, Private, Sergeant
Birth Date 03 August 1882
Birth Place Australia: Tasmania, Huon Island
Death Date 02 March 1946
Death Place Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Glebe
Final Rank Sergeant
Service ANF
Units
Places
Conflict/Operation British Navy Era, 1788-1911
Gazettes Published in London Gazette in 1917-04-26
Published in London Gazette in 1917-06-08
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1917-08-21
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1917-10-04
Description

John Whittle was born in Tasmania. He served in the Boer War then joined the Royal Navy. After five years he returned to the army. He enlisted in the 12th Australian Infantry Battalion, AIF, in August 1915, was sent to France, and was made sergeant in late 1916.

Whittle was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for bravery in early 1917 when he bombed an enemy machine-gun post during an attack. He received the Victoria Cross for his actions around the villages of Boursies and Lagnicourt around 9 15 April: at one point he "rushed alone across the fire-swept ground" to attack a German machine-gun crew before they could bring their gun into action.

Wounded twice in 1918, Whittle returned to Australia on HMAT Medic with other Victoria Cross holders in October to take part in a recruiting drive. He was discharged in December and settled in Sydney. One of Whittle's sons, Ivan, was killed during the Second World War in New Guinea.

Whittle was awarded the Victoria Cross, DCM, service medals for the Boer War and First World War, the King George V Jubilee Medal, and the King George VI Coronation Medal.

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Timeline

Date of birth 03 August 1882
Date of birth 03 August 1882
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1899 2nd Imperial Bushmen
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1900 Royal Navy - served as stoker in various ships on the Australian Station.
Date returned to Australia 1900
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1905 Rejoined the Army.
Date of discharge 1905
Date of enlistment 16 January 1905
Other units 1915-03 12 Battalion.
Date promoted 14 March 1915 Appointed Corporal.
Date promoted 13 April 1915 Appointed Lance Sergeant.
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 06 August 1915 Posted as a reinforcement to 26 Battalion.
Date of enlistment 06 August 1915
Date of embarkation 27 October 1915
Date wounded 18 June 1916
Date promoted 14 October 1916 Appointed Sergeant.
Date of honour or award 1917-02 Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry in the assault on the villages of Le Barque and Ligny-Thilloy.
Date of recommendation honour or award 01 March 1917
Date of honour or award 1917-04-08 - 1917-04-15 Awarded Victoria Cross for action at West of Boursies and Lagnicourt, France whilst serving with 12 Battalion, 3 Brigade, 1 Division as a Sergeant.
Date of recommendation honour or award 24 April 1917
Date wounded 1918-03
Date of recommendation honour or award 29 April 1918
Date wounded 1918-07
Date returned to Australia 24 August 1918
Date of discharge 15 December 1918
Date of death 02 March 1946
Date of death 02 March 1946