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James LYONS

Regimental number506
Place of birthNewport England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSoldier
AddressElsternwick, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinWife, Mrs Eva Lyons,'Oxley', Stafford Avenue, Elsternwick, Victoria
Enlistment date28 October 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll23 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name39th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/56/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 27 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll39th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


'Fine courage and leadership during approach march at Messines, 7-9 June 1917.'
Recommendation date: 16 June 1917

FateReturned to Australia 11 January 1918
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Although wounded he did valuable work in organizing his company at a time when they were suffering from the effects of a gas shell, greatly encouraging his men by his cheerfulness and courage. He had done excellent work in connexion with a previous raid on enemy trenches.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

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