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James Albert WITHAM

Regimental number4208
Place of birthOmeo Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, John Witham, Tongio West, East Gippsland, Victoria
Enlistment date26 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Divisional Ammunition Column
FateReturned to Australia 22 May 1919

Military Medal

'At 3.15 p.m. on the 24th April, 1918, Driver WITHAM was lea driver of a team comprising portion of a convoy carting ammunition to the 55th Battery A.F.A. When passing along a sunken road nearing the BONNAY CROSS ROADS, the convoy came under very heavy shell fire, killing two complete teams and wounding all the drivers. Driver WITHAM although himself wounded immediately picked himself up and went to the assistance of the other drivers. Although the shell fire was particularly heavy and concentrated on this one point this Driver with utter disregard of personal danger, extricated from amongst the dying mules, one of the other drivers who was badly wounded, and still under heavy shell fire carried him 200 yards to a sap where his wounds could be dressed. His coolness under fire and his disregard of personal danger although wounded set a very high example of courage and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 1
Date: 2 January 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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