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James Beverley METCALFE

ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMedical practitioner
AddressWellington, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinMother, Mrs J A Metcalfe, Norfolk Island, New South Wales
Enlistment date10 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit nameMedical Officers
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board SS Makarini on 1 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Medical Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089 (31 December 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61 (23 May 1919).

FateDied of wounds 25 April 1918
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialVignacourt British Cemetery (Plot I, Row F, Grave No. 14), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Peter and Janet METCALFE, 43 Pine Street, Randwick, Sydney. Native of Norfolk Island

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. In a village under heavy bombardment of gas and high explosives, this officer, with practically no protection, tened the wounded for four and a half hours. When the advanced dressing station had been moved to a new fite, he remained with four men, evacuating odd cases which continued to come in until two shells came right into the dressing room severely wounding him. His cheerfulness and coolness throughout encouraged all around him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Military Cross

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 29/6/1917

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