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James Alfred PERKINS

Regimental number3150
Place of birthHull England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTram conductor
Address118 Union Street, Newtown, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs S Perkins, 109 Havelock Street Hessle Road, Hull, Yorkshire, England
Enlistment date20 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 3 August 1916

FateReturned to Australia 23 September 1918

Military Medal

'At PETILLON on 19th/20th July, 1916, Private PERKINS showed conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in that he crossed "NO MAN'S LAND" several times under heavy fire and at great personal risk in order to supply the firing line with bombs and ammunition. He also assisted Private CHADWICK in placing Lieutenant DENSON, who was severely wounded, in a safe position. If it had not been for the prompt and willing assistance given by Private PERKINS and Private CHADWICK our positions on the left would have been greatly jeopardised.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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