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James Robert IRWIN

Regimental number482
Place of birthGeelong Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationFarmer
AddressSouth Geelong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, William Irwin, 9 Balliang Street, South Geelong, Victoria
Enlistment date1 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name39th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/56/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 27 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll39th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Refers 31 September and 2 October 1918.
Recommendation date: Unspecified

FateReturned to Australia 24 January 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty. This N.C.O. was No. 1 of a Lewis Gun Team during the operations of 31st Sept. and 2nd Oct. '18, at Bony-Le Catelet. He worked his gun with great courage and skill in the operation, effectively silencing several enemy Machine Guns, and also assisted to knock out an enemy Field Gun.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 3312 Lance corporal William IRWIN MM, 12th Field Company Engineers, returned to Australia, 5 April 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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