James LAWSON

ReligionChurch of England
OccupationHotelkeeper
AddressRupanyup, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinMrs E M Lawson, Rupanyup, Victoria
Enlistment date20 August 1914
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name4th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/9/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A18 Wiltshire on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Light Horse Regiment
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Victoria Cross


Distinguished Service Order awarded, 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 150, 24 September 1918.
Recommendation date: 1 November 1917

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement No. 30169 (6 July 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 174 (11 October 1917).

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No 31938 (11 June 1920); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 72 (2 September 1920).

FateReturned to Australia 15 January 1919
Medals

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During an attack on the enemy trenches he led his squadron at a gallop under heavy machine gun and rifle fire across the first enemy trenches, dismounting immediately a few yards in front of the second line, i n which all the enemy were either killed or captured and a machine gun was taken. He then led his squadron with great determination and skill against a very strong trench, heavily garrisoned with machine guns and infantry. The trench was rushed and a hundred of the enemy were either killed or captured.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 150
Date: 24 September 1918

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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