The AIF Project

James Lawrence RYAN

Regimental number3507
Place of birthCobden Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressSouth Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinAunt, Mrs Sarah Turner, 42 Henry Street, Northcote, Victoria
Enlistment date15 June 1917
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name57th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/74/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 21 June 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll57th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 30 April 1918

FateKilled in Action 12 July 1918
Place of burialFranvillers Communal Cemetery (Plot I, Row E, Grave No. 23), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial

Military Medal

'At VILLERS BRETONNEUX during the period 24th/28th April, 1918, Private RYAN (stretcher bearer) showed conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in carrying out the duty of stretcher bearer. During the counter attack, and after the position had been consolidated, he dressed and carried wounded continuously through extremely heavy shell and machine gun fire; his timely action being the means of saving many lives. Private RYAN continued to carry out wounded without ceasing in his work for two days and nights. His bravery is worthy of special recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Family/military connectionsFather: 549 Pte Martin RYAN, 24th Bn, returned to Australia, 11 April 1916.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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