Corporal John French V.C.Print Page
Plaque commemorates John French VC.
John French was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) posthumously. At Milne Bay in New Guinea on 4th of September 1942, a company of an Australian infantry battalion attacked the Japanese position east of the Buna Mission where it encountered terrific rifle and machine-gun fire. The advance of the section of which Corporal French was in command was held up by fire from three enemy machine-gun posts, whereupon Corporal French, ordering his section to take cover, advanced and silenced one of the posts with grenades.
He returned to his section for more grenades and again advanced and silenced the second post. Armed with a Thompson submachine-gun, he then attacked the third post, firing from the hip as he went forward. He was seen to be badly hit by the fire from this post, but he continued to advance. The enemy gun then ceased to fire and his section pushed on to find that all members of the three enemy gun crews had been killed and that Corporal French had died in front of the third gun pit.
|Address:||Bage Street, Nundah Memorial Park, Nundah, 4012|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -27.402767|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||04-September-1942|
|Actual Event End Date:||04-September-1942|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Sunday 7th September, 2008|