James Morrow DOUGLAS

Regimental number4804
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
AddressAyr, Lower Burdekin, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 5.75"
Weight141 lbs
Next of kinFather, John Kerr Douglas, 13 Eversleigh Street, Belfast, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date27 November 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Mooltan on 12 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Recommendation date: 27 February 1918

Military Medal

Work near Mont St.Quentin on 2 September 1918.
Recommendation date: 11 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919

Military Medal

'During the attack east of MONT ST. QUENTIN near PERONNE on 2nd September 1918, this N.C.O. was in charge of a Lewis Gun Section. When going forward over open ground, opposition in the shape of heavy machine gun fire was met with from both flanks, as well as from the front. This fire temporarily held up the advance, causing casualties in our ranks. In spite of this fire, Lance Corporal DOUGLAS continued to advance, bringing his Lewis Gun fire to bear on the enemy with great effect, until he eventually go close enough to silence several of the enemy guns.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Discharge date21 August 1919
Other details

Embarked Sydney, 12 April 1916; proceeded overseas to France, 15 September 1916; marched in to 2nd Division Base Depot, Etaples, France, 17 September 1916; marched out to join unit and taken on strength of 26th Bn, 28 September 1916.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance and transferred to Corps Rest Station, 17 November 1916 (sick); discharged and rejoined Bn, 23 November 1916.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance and transferred to 45th Casualty Clearing Station, 26 January 1917 (influenza); to 1st Australian General Hospital, Rouen, 3 February 1917; to No 2 Convalescent Depot, 7 February 1917; discharged to Base Depot, 9 February 1917.

Marched in to 2nd Division Base Depot, Etaples, 19 February 1917; proceeded to join unit, 27 February 1917; rejoined 26th Bn, 28 February 1917; marched out to Corps Lewis Gun School, 12 May 1917; rejoined Bn from School, 28 May 1917; appointed Lance Corporal, 26 June 1917; to Corps School, 25 August 1917; rejoined unit from School, 10 September 1917; on leave to England, 18 September 1917; returned to unit from leave, 12 October 1917; to Corps School, 26 July 1918; rejoined unit from School, 18 August 1918; on leave to United Kingdom, 28 September 1918;rejoined unit from leave, 15 October 1918; to Brigade NCO's School, 20 October 1918; rejoined unit from School, 16 November 1918; marched out to England, 25 March 1919; disembarked Weymouth, England, 26 March 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ypiringa', 15 May 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 5 July 1919; discharged 21 August 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DOUGLAS James Morrow