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William Hopkins JAMES

Regimental number81
Date of birth22 March 1887
Place of birthTocal Station, Paterson, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinWife, Mrs W H James, Medowie, Newcastle, New South Wales
Enlistment date22 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentStaff Segeant Major
Unit name1st Light Horse Regiment, A Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/6/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A16 Star of Victoria on 20 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Light Horse Regiment

Regimental Sergeant Major

Unit: 1st Light Horse Regiment
Promotion date: 30 November 1915

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: 1st Light Horse Regiment
Promotion date: 21 July 1916


Unit: 1st Light Horse Training Regiment
Promotion date: 25 October 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)


Recommendation date: August 1916

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 4 and 15 November 1917"

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While in command of his squadron, he captured over 300 prisoners and four machine guns under heavy artillery fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Discharge date11 February 1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Transferred to 1st Light Horse Training Regiment 5 October 1916; rejoined 1st Light Horse Regiment 25 February 1917.

Returned to Australia and re-embarked for overseas duty 10 June 1918; taken on strength 1st Light Horse Training Regiment 26 August 1918.

Attached to AIF Headquarters, Eygpt, War Records Section, 5 November 1918. Transferred to Gallipoli on special duty 10 December 1918; rejoined AIF Headquarters 14 April 1919.

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

Also served in World War II as N74324 (N7907): enlisted, Mayfield, New South Wales; discharged, 21 March 1943, as Colonel, 16th Australian Motor Regiment.

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