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James Percival CAPEL

Regimental number295
Place of birthDysart Scotland
ReligionChurch of England
Address'Waverley House', Rocky Bay, North Fremantle, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMother, Mrs Nellie Capel, Normand Road, Dysart, Scotland
Enlistment date4 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name44th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/61/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 6 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Light Trench Mortar Battery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

work near Hamel on 8 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 12 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 3 May 1919

Military Medal

'For bravery and devotion to duty. On the 8th August, 1918, during the attack on the enemy's positions east of HAMEL, this N.C.O. displayed much bravery in handling his Trench Mortar Section. During the advance he successfully destroyed the crews of the two German Machine guns who were temporarily holding up the advance of the Infantry in that Sector. After the objective was gained he successfully established his Mortars, and by the good organisation of his carrying parties he maintained an excellent supply of ammunition for the Mortars throughout the operation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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