Cpl John Alexander French, VC, Australian Army (KIA 1942)
I am writing to advise I have a photo of the grave of Cpl John Alexander French who was awarded the Victoria Cross while serving with the Australian Army in 1942.
According the the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, he was the "Son of Albert and Lucy French, of Crows Nest, Queensland."
Cpl French is now buried at the Bomana War Cemetery, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
His citation reads "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."
If anyone would like a digital copy of this photo, please feel free to E-Mail me.
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