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James GILL

Regimental number3740
Place of birthEast Maitland New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationBookkeeper
AddressGeorge Street, East Maitland, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, H H Gill, George Street, East Maitland, New South Wales
Enlistment date12 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT Mooltan on 11 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Meteren on 4 May 1918.
Recommendation date: 14 May 1918

FateDied of wounds 14 August 1918
Place of burialDaours Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot IV, Row A, Grave No. 27), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
29
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as a patrol leader on the morning of 4th May, 1918, east of METEREN during an attack on an enemy post. When advancing along the hedge twoards the post the party came under direct machine gun fire. After some bombs thrown by his platoon commander failed to dislodge the enemy, Corporal GILL with a fresh supply of bombs by using the hedge, led his men on within bombing range of the post when a bombing fight took place with the result that the machine gun was withdrawn by the enemy enabling the post to be rushed and occupied by the remainder of the party. He displayed great courage, coolness and dash in a situation in which the enemy had him at great disadvantage and his action was mainly responsible for the success of this operation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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