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James Ernest PALMER

Regimental number1910
Place of birthAlpha Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationRailway fireman
AddressAlpha, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs Catherine Palmer, Alpha, Queensland
Enlistment date1 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Light Horse Regiment, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/10/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 3 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Company Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Letter/List dated 16 November 1921.
Recommendation date: 23 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 12 July 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Queensland Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'In the attack near LE VERGUIER on 18th September, 1918, this Sapper was one of a reconnaissance party which accompanied the attacking Infantry. He displayed great coolness in the search for land mines, and in the examination of deep dugouts for booby traps. Owing to his thoroughness and care a number of the former were found, the detonators removed, and the mines rendered harmless. It was largely owing to his zeal and energy that valuable information was obtained, enabling important work to be commenced without delay.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death28 December 1980

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