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Herbert John JAMES

Regimental number264
Date of birth--/08/1890
Address1218 Mair Street, Ballarat, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinWife, Mrs Elsie James, 8 William Street, Malvern, Victoria
Enlistment date15 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name39th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/56/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 27 May 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll39th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF39
Promotion date: 24 April 1917


Unit: INF39
Promotion date: 28 July 1917

FateReturned to Australia 30 April 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in reconnoitering and repairing a road and constructing a bridge over a river under heavy shell fire. His gallantry under the most trying circumstances was a fine example, and inspired his men with the greatest confidence.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as battalion signalling officer. In spite of very intense fire he established and maintained a visual station which was necessarily in an exposed position. This station formed an important link, and it called for courage of a high order to maintain it.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 150
Date: 24 September 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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