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James McCONNELL

Regimental number886
Place of birthSandhurst, Eaglehawk, Bendigo, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPublican
AddressHigh Street, Eaglehawk, Bendigo, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinWife, Mrs Emily McConnell, High Street, Eaglehawk, Bendigo, Victoria
Enlistment date14 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


'Work at Vauvillers on 9 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 11 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When the platoon commander was badly wounded he took command, although wounded himself, and handled the men with skill in a difficult situation. On being checked by machine gun fire from a flank he personally went out to the flank with a machine gun, and by his fire drove the enemy back. He showed coolness and judgment throughout the kept his men on the move forward.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Military Medal

'At MORLANCOURT on night 28/29th July 1918. Conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. During our attack and capture of the enemy system of trenches this N.C.O. displayed splendid work in controlling the advance and great dash and vigour in dealing with enemy posts, setting an inspiring example to the men of his Platoon, by brushing aside all opposition and personally killing three of the enemy with the bayonet.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Discharge date25 July 1919
Other details

War service: embarked from Australia, 10 November 1915; disembarked Suez, Egypt, 7 December 1915.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 23 June 1916.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, 22 November 1916 (blistered feet); discharged to duty, 26 November 1916.

Accidentally injured, 28 April 1917 (sprained left ankle0; admitted to hospital. Transferred to England, 8 May 1917, and admitted to 2nd Southern General Hospital, Bristol. Granted furlough, 29 May-13 June 1917, to report to No. 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott. Returned to duty, 6 July 1917.

Wounded in action, 6 September 1917 (gun shot wound, wrist and knee); admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance. Transferred to 2nd General Hospital, Havre, 3 October 1917; discharged to duty, 16 October 1917.

Admitted to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station, 23 October 1917 (boils, shoulder and legs);transferred to 32nd Ambulance Train, 24 October 1917; transferred to 7th Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, 25 October 1917; transferred to 6th Convalescent Depot, Trouville, 5 November 1917; discharged to duty, 6 December 1917.

Wounded in action, 8 August 1918; remained at duty. Transferred to 32nd Bn, 12 October 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Wyreema', 13 April 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 31 May 1919; discharged, 25 July 1919 (medically unfit).

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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