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James Cullin GAFFNEY

Regimental number507
Place of birthTerowie South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationBank clerk
AddressHynam, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, Bernard Gaffney, Hynam, South Australia
Previous military service74th Infantry
Enlistment date20 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 8, Reinforcement 8
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/13/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 16 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 July 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'From 1st to 5th September near PERONNE this man was a Section runner, and carried many messages under heavy shell fire. On the morning of 2nd September he volunteered to carry important messages forward. He had to proceed along the front line, and in the course of this duty was sniped at repeatedly. Machine gun and shell fire also made his task very difficult and dangerous, but he kept on steadfastly, delivered the messages, and returned with important information concerning the position on the flank. His conduct throughout was exceptional, and he set a fine example to his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death20 June 1966
Place of burialCentennial Park Cemetery

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