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James Varcoe SOLOMON

Regimental number2870
Place of birthCornwall, England
ReligionMethodist
OccupationStoreman
AddressMary Street, Morningside, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation33
Height5'2.25"
Weight156 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Florence Solomon, Mary Street, Morningside, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name25th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 21 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 April 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Josiah and Hannah SOLOMON
Medals

Military Medal

'At VILLERET on the 18th September, 1918, Private SOLOMON while out on a daylight patrol, located an enemy sniper who was inflicting casualties on the front line garrison. On his own initiative, he crawled along and engaged the sniper and killed him. Continuing further he came in contact with three of the enemy who were about to place a machine gun into position. He engaged the crew, killing them all, and bringing the gun back with him. Early in the advance, this soldier was slightly wounded, but carried on volunteering for all work which required great personal courage. The behaviour of this soldier coupled with his great adaptability to all circumstances was an inspiration to all ranks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Discharge date30 July 1919
Other details

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Suffolk', 12 April 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 5 June 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Brisbane, 30 July 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Date of death7 December 1921
Age at death41
Place of burialBulimba Cemetery, Brisbane, Queensland
SourcesNAA: B2455, SOLOMON James Varcoe

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