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James Douglas STEWART

Regimental number1944
Place of birthWagga Wagga New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressDarling Street, Dungay, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFriend, Mrs. T. Kelly, Darling Street, Dungay, New South Wales
Enlistment date27 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Light Horse Regiment, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/11/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 22 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the morning of the 6th November, 1917, while the 113th Howitzer Battery was in action near WESTHOEK, east of YPRES, No. 1944 Corporal J.D. STEWART was in charge of a gun whilst Gunner JONES was the layer. During the time the Battery was in action heavy enemy fire was directed on the Battery position. Though Corporal STEWART was knocked down by a bursting shell he picked himself up and continued to command his gun, and he and his detachment remained on duty until the shoot was completed, thus exhibiting great courage and devotion to duty, at a time when it was most necessary. The excellent example and devotion to duty displayed by this N.C.O. is deserving of special recognition. Awarded Military Medal 19th November, 1917.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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