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Wilfred Skelton JAMES

Regimental number518
Place of birthNewcastle England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMotorman
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie James, 223 Westmoreland Road, Newcastle on Tyne, England
Enlistment date18 November 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 17 March 1916
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous bravery on the night of the 3rd-4th May, 1915, during the operations near Gaba Tepe (Dardanelles). Durinmg an attack by the enemy he frequently picked up and threw back their own hand grenades, exhibiting the greatest coolness and courage at a critical time. Later on he assisted in carrying food and water to the firing line under a very heavy and continuous shell and machine gun fire.'
Source: 'London Gazette' No. 8855
Date: 6 September 1915

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