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William Joseph Stanley JAMES

Regimental number13956
Place of birthAscot Vale Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationClerk
AddressAscot Vale, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, A James, 20 Bank Street East, Ascot Vale, Victoria
Enlistment date22 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameArmy Medical Corps, Special Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/99/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A61 Kanowna on 1 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 12 July 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'Near HEILLY, East of AMIENS, on 19th June 1918, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., there was very heavy shelling and a number of artillery men rant to the Bearer Relay Post for shelter. They said that they believed two of their comrades had been wounded at their Battery. Lance Corporal JAMES at once went out to render first aid, although warned by the artillery men that shells were falling at the Battery position in great numbers. He found two badly wounded men, one of whom was bleeding seriously. He rendered aid to the latter and probably saved his life. He then removed the two wounded to a place of comparative safety and returned to the Relay Post, collected his squad, and carried the two men to the Post. During the whole of this period shells were falling fast and one of Lance Corporal JAMES' party was wounded. His conduct undoubtedly saved a life and had an excellent effect on the men associated with him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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