• Sir John Monash

Army / Flying Corps
  • 3rd Australian Infantry Brigade
  • Brigadier General

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  • 1914–1915 Star
  • Knight/Dame Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG)
  • Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
  • British War Medal
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  • Victory Medal
  • Knight/Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB)
  • Birth

    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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    • John Monash
    • Posted by NAAadmin, Tuesday, 21 October 2014

    John Monash was one of Australia’s most distinguished soldiers. He was born in Melbourne in 1865 to German-Polish Jewish parents and, with considerable drive and ambition, studied arts, law and engineering at the University of Melbourne. He became a part time soldier in 1884 when he joined a Victorian militia unit and, while he worked in private practice as an engineer, his military career also prospered. He joined the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in September 1914 and, given command of the 4th Infantry Brigade, landed on Gallipoli on 26 April 1915. After that campaign he went to France with his brigade and was steadily promoted and given higher command. By May 1918, Monash had attained the rank of lieutenant general and given command of the Australian Corps. A brilliant administrator, tactician and leader, he was responsible for the planning of Australia’s successful campaigns in the final stages of the war. For his services in 1918 after the 8 August advance against the Germans, he received a knighthood. After spending eight months in London overseeing the return of the AIF to Australia, Monash himself returned in November 1919. He resumed his business career and was appointed general manager of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria. At the time of his death in 1931 General Sir John Monash was broadly regarded as the greatest living Australian.