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James Francis HUGGARD

Regimental number1243
Place of birthToolamba Vic
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationContractor
AddressToolamba via Shepparton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs Emily Huggard, Toolamba via Shepparton, Victoria
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Light Horse Regiment, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/18/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll37th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: "21-22 June 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 2 January 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On night 21st/22nd June, 1918, during minor operations near VILLERS BRETONEUX. This soldier, with Lieutenant ASHMEAD, led the rush into the enemy posts at the south east corner of the Hangar, bombing it as he commenced the rush. The bombs wounded some of the occupants of the post and Private HUGGARD impressed with the necessity of obtaining identification pursued one of the enemy for fifty yards. Unable to overtake him, he shot him with his revolver. Returning to the Hangar Post, he materially assisted in obtaining identifications and in thoroughly searching the post. As Scout to the fighting patrol, he had led the party in the advance to the lying up position twenty yards from the Hangar and, with Lieutenant ASHMEAD, was the last to return to our own line. He displayed able scouting on this and previous reconnaissance and showed dash and bravery as well as perseverance in the fighting.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Family/military connectionsCousin: 904 Pte William Birney HUGGARD, 37th Bn, killed in action, 26 August 1918.
Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death29 March 1965
Place of burialSpringvale Cemetery

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