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James HANCE

Regimental number4505
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationClerk
AddressWarrnambool, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation42
Next of kinMother, Mrs C Hance, Warrnambool, Victoria
Enlistment date4 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 18 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Field Ambulance
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 12 June 1917

FateReturned to Australia 15 April 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as a Stretcher-bearer on 8th June 1917, during the operations on the MESSINES RIDGE. All that day he carried wounded through intense enemy shell fire, passing many times through a heavy barrage. When one of the other stretcher-bearers had been badly wounded Private HANCE assisted to carry him out until he himself was wounded. In spite of this he would not leave another bearer who had been wounded at the same time, but remained with him in a shell hole for several hours and finally assisted to carry him out through heavy fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Died of wounds received in action.
Date of death19 March 1925
Place of burialWarrnambool Cemetery, Victoria

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