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William JAMES

Regimental number2089
Place of birthCamberwell Victoria
Address11 Moorhouse Street, East Camberwell, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary James, 11 Moorhouse Street, East Camberwell, Victoria
Enlistment date28 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll30 August 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name37th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/54/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Pioneer Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work near La Neuville on 21-22 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 28 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 12 June 1919

Military Medal

'On the night of the 21st/22nd August, 1918, between the west of LA NEUVILLE and ETINEHEM, No. A2089 Private JAMES was on duty continuously for nearly 24 hours, maintaining telephonic communication between Company and Battalion Headquarters. During practically the whole period, the enemy shelled this area most consistently, using many gas shells. This shelling caused over thirty breaks in the line, and Private JAMES, showing an utter disregard for danger, managed to keep up communication during the whole of the time. His example of courage and unhesitating cheerfulness under many trying circumstances, was a lesson to all, and worthy of the highest praise.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75
Date: 17 June 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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