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James Delaney WORK

Regimental number5782
Place of birthLandsborough Victoria
AddressChurch Street, Dimboola, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs M A Work, Landsborough, Victoria
Enlistment date28 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll26 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A33 Ayrshire on 3 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'Immediately east of HAMEL, at 4.45 a.m. on the morning of the 8th August, 1918, No. A5782 Private J.D. WORK was one of a party detailed to go forward in advance of his Company, which was engaged on forward roads some 2,000 yards ahead of our old front line. Following closely up to the Infantry, a patrol was sent forward owing to the heavy mist, and Private WORK showed great gallantry and resource in the face of rifle and machine gun fire, mopping up several dugouts that had been passed over by the Infantry. owing greatly to the initiative, coolness and example that Private WORK set to the rest of the party, the small enemy Posts were quickly cleared up, and the Company was able to get onto its work more expeditiously than would have been otherwise possible. By his action, he greatly assisted in having the road work completed to allow the guns and other transport to get forward in time to follow up the advance.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death4 October 1969

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