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Thomas Rainsford JAMES

Regimental number2706
OccupationCabinet maker
AddressBungaree Road, Wentworthville, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs S E James, Bungaree Road, Wentworthville, New South Wales
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 2 November 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF56
Promotion date: 20 August 1918


Unit: INF56
Promotion date: 23 December 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 21, 29 September 1916

FateReturned to Australia 2 June 1919

Military Medal

'In front of FLEURBAIX, on the nights 125th/17th and 19th/20th September, 1916, Acting Sergeant JAMES who was the Senior N.C.O. of the Battalion Raiding Party, which raided the German trenches, displayed great initiative and enthusiasm during the whole of the preliminary training for both the above raids, and carried out his duties in a manner which did him very great credit. During both raids Acting Sergeant JAMES was in command of the Right Party of the assault, and carried out his work in a cool and deliberate manner, which helped to inspire confidence into the men under his command. He moved along the German trenches supervising the work of the various details of his party, and his efficient control of his men did much towards the successful carrying out of the operations in his portion of the raided area.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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