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James Richard LAWLESS

Regimental number27
Place of birthBallarat Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressBudgeree via Boolarra, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Next of kinBrother, Nicholas Joseph Lawless, Budgeree via Boolarra, Victoria
Enlistment date4 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name37th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/54/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 3 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 20 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919

Military Medal

'On 12th October 1917, East of YPRES, he displayed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action. some mules, carrying ammunition through shell fire and fell into shell holes, losing their loads. This man, at great personal risk owing to the heavy shell fire around, extricated two of them, readjusted their loads, and led the animals forward. As the ammunition supply had become very low, his efforts were most valuable to the troops in the firing line.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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