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Walter Edward JAMES

Regimental number10844
Place of birthFootscray Victoria
AddressLeake Street, Cottesloe, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFather, Jack Harry James, Leake Street, Cottesloe, Western Australia
Enlistment date12 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameDivisional Signal Company 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/13/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 25 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal RollA Corps Signal Company
FateReturned to Australia 1 June 1919

Military Medal

'At ARMENTIERES on the night 28th/29th January, 1917, during a raid on the enemy trenches, he acted as linesman with the O.C. Raid. For four hours before the raid he prepared and patrolled special lines. After the raid commenced, and when communications were cut, he went four times through a heavy enemy barrage, and took messages back to the nearest signal station. On three previous occasions he had shown conspicuous ability and coolness whilst acting as linesman to Officers Commanding Raids. Strength of raiding party - 8 Officers and 216 other ranks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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