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James Arthur FREEMAN

Regimental number8847
Date of birth--/09/1896
Place of birthGeelong Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressWaverley, Western Beach, Geelong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, B J Freeman, Waverley, Western Beach, Geelong, Victoria
Enlistment date12 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentBombardier
Unit name2nd Divisional Ammunition Column
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/90/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A39 Port Macquarie on 16 November 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Field Artillery Brigade

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: ART 2 Div
Promotion date: 26 July 1917


Unit: ART 2 Div
Promotion date: 26 October 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

For Gallant conduct near Martinpuich on 7 February 1917.
Recommendation date: 13 February 1917

FateReturned to Australia 1 July 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He rushed into a pit which was on fire, and with his bare hands threw many burning charges clear of the pit into the snow. His gallant act undoubtedly saved several lives.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

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