Corporal John French V.CPrint Page
A seat commemorates Corporal John French who was awarded the Victoria Cross (V.C.)
John Alexander "Jack" French VC (15 July 1914 – 4 September 1942) was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross , the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
In early September 1942, French’s company came across Japanese positions at the Milne Bay area near Goroni and was held up by intense fire from three machine-gun posts. Ordering his own section to take cover, French successfully assaulted two positions with grenades. He then attacked the third with a sub-machine gun but finally fell dead in front of the enemy gun pit. He is buried in the Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery. Corporal John French was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) posthumously for his actions at Milne Bay.
|Address:||Ann Street, ANZAC Square, Brisbane, 4000|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -27.466345|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||04-September-2014|
|Actual Event End Date:||04-September-2014|
In Memory Of
CORPORAL JOHN FRENCH V.C.
2/9th Infantry Battalion
Corporal French From Crows Nest Q`LD
Was Posthumously Awarded The Victoria Cross
For Outstanding Bravery On 4 September 1942
During The Battle Of Milne Bay - New Guinea
In World War II