The AIF Project

James Archibald McLAY

Regimental number3382
Place of birthToowoomba Queensland
AddressHodgsons Vale, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinMother, Mrs J McLay, Hodgsons Vale, Queensland
Enlistment date30 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 21 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 27 August 1916

FateReturned to Australia 10 September 1917
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Queensland Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'At POZIERES. Recommended for meritorious behaviour on night of 8th August, 1916, when, after succeeding in capturing enemy's position, he showed great courage and coolness in removing wounded to places of safety, all the time being under heavy artillery and machine gun fire, and even when wounded continued this work. When returning he assisted a wounded comrade across a fire swept zone though painfully wounded himself.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death10 October 1969

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