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James Ernest Reginald LAPPAN

Regimental number1555
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address12 Lonsdale Street, Leichhardt, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, James Lappan, 12 Lonsdale Street, Leichhardt, New South Wales
Enlistment date17 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Light Horse Regiment, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/12/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board SS Hawkes Bay on 23 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 6 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919

Military Medal

'On the night of 30th September, 1918 near BELLICOURT this man displayed splendid gallantry and devotion to duty. While taking hot food to the Companies in the line, the column came under very heavy shell fire during which Private LAPPAN and his pack mule were blown up. A few moments later a shell fell amongst the Cooker teams and wounded one of the Drivers. The team bolted through BELLICOURT, and with great presence of mind and utter disregard of danger Private LAPPAN mounted his horse bare back, galloped after the runaway team and brought back the cooker and the food intact. His gallant conduct saved the hot food of half the Battalion on the eve of its attack on ESTREES, and is deserving of the highest praise.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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