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James DOHERTY

ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCompany secretary
Address16 Beach Road, Darling Point, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMother, Mrs M A Doherty, 'Kensington', Fitzroy Avenue, Balmain, New South Wales
Previous military service14th Battery Australian Field Artillery
Enlistment date3 September 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 1, Reinforcement 10
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 27 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Divisional Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement No. 30317; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169 (4 October 1917).
Recommendation date: 7 March 1917

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 14 January 1918

Bar to Military Cross


Recommendation date: 16 May 1918

FateDied of disease 26 February 1919
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialBrookwood Military Cemetery (Plot IV, Row D, Grave No. 3), Surrey, England, England
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
15
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Mary A and the late James DOHERTY. Native of Balmain, Sydney
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while temporarily in charge of his battery. A premature explosion occurred in one of the guns, which put the whole detachment out of action and set the charges in the gun pit on fire. He at once entered the gun pit alone and attempted to extinguish the fire. He organized a party to carry water, and remaining in the pit himself in spite of the flames, got the fire under control. His prompt and courageous action prevented considerable damage and loss of life.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When the battery waggon lines were subjected to a sudden burst of shell fire, a large tree near which some men were sleeping was hit, and fell on four of them. This officer organized a rescue party and got them out, but two were killed. Further shelling set fire to an ammunition dump which spread to the stables; he organized the withdrawal of the horses and the extinguishing of the fire, setting a splendid example to the men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

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

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