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James Emmott BOURKE

Regimental number717
Place of birthGlen Innes New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressBalfour Road, Rose Bay, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, P. Bourke, Balfour Road, Rose Bay, New South Wales
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'(Hermes 9 April 1917) Courage and determination and powers of leadership.'
Recommendation date: 12 April 1917

FateReturned to Australia 30 January 1918

Military Medal

'At HERMIES on 9th April 1917 during our attack on that village. This N.C.O.'s work prior to the attack was good. Right through the attack, and especially against an enemy strong post he showed a complete disregard to personal danger. He led his men to the final assault with determination and courage, and then systematically cleared the village of any remaining enemy. During the work of consolidation he rendered admirable assistance.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 174
Date: 11 October 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death3 October 1947
Place of burialSandgate Cemetery

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