John Joseph Moffit

Informations sur naissance

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Lieu de naissance:
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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Informations service militaire

Force armée:
Australian Imperial Force
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Incorporation nom de lieu:
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
 —  Australian Infantry, 49th Bn.  (Dernière unité connue)

Informations sur décès

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Albania Woods, Belgique
Cause du décès:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood
Parcelle: XVIII
Rangée: B
Tombe: 2

Distinctions et médailles 2

British War Medal
Victory Medal

Points d'intérêt 2

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Mon histoire

Private John Joseph Moffit served in the Australian Infantry 49th Battalion, part of the 13th Australian Brigade, of the 4th Australian Division.
The 4th Australian Division participated in the Battle of Polygon Wood (26 September – 3 October 1917), a phase of the Third Battle of Ypres. It was to attack from positions along Anzac ridge, just south of Polygon Wood, and operated on the left flank of the 5th Australian Division, which had to capture Polygon Wood itself. The 4th Division’s attack was carried by the 4th and 13th Australian Brigades. The 13th Australian Brigade advanced with the 50th Battalion; the 49th and 51st Battalions Australian Infantry were in support.
At 6.45 a.m. the Battalions moved forward behind a creeping barrage. The barrage was very dense and powerful, and most German resistance was broken even before the attacking parties arrived. The defenders they did encounter, surrendered willingly. Only some German snipers offered slight resistance.
At 7.55 a.m. the 49th Battalion reached its objective, just west of the hamlet of Molenaarelsthoek. Once the men had established their positions they started digging trenches and organized the defence. At 3.30 p.m. and at 6.00 p.m. the Germans were seen massing on their front, but both attempts to organize a counterattack were checked with artillery fire.
For both Australian Divisions the attack on the 26th of September had been a success. Polygon Wood had been captured by the 5th Australian Division and all Battalions of the 4th Australian Divisions had reached their objectives. The 49th Battalion was relieved on the night of the 27th September by the 46th Battalion Australian Infantry.
Notwithstanding the success of the attack the 49th Battalion suffered a total of 129 casualties. Twenty-five men were killed, five officers and 94 other ranks were wounded and five men went missing.
Private John Joseph Moffit was one of the 25 men of the 49th Battalion who was killed in action on the 26th of September 1917. He was initially buried in the field, just West of Albania Woods, close to the Battalion’s jump off line. The location of his initial burial place may suggest that he was killed, moments before or just after start of the attack. His remains were exhumed after the war and were interred in Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood.

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"The Third Ypres Passchendaele. The Day-by-Day Account", McCarthy C., London, Arms & Armour Press, 1995, pg. 87-89.
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Australian War Memorial
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National Archives of Australia
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The Long, Long Trail
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War Diary A.I.F. 49th Bn.
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