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James Arthur PONTIN

Regimental number1029
Place of birthLimerick Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinSister, Annie White, 45 Ayrsome Road, Newington North, London, England
Enlistment date23 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while in charge of Vickers guns during an enemy attack. Together with an infantry officer in command of a platoon he decided on charging the superior numbers of the enemy. During the charge, which was successful, he stood over his gun in the open, and shot five of the enemy with his revolver.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

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