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James Patrick DRAKE

Regimental number13281
Place of birthGarfield, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressBunyip, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, J J Drake, Bunyip, Victoria
Previous military service56th Infantry
Enlistment date13 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameArmy Medical Corps, Special Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/99/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A63 Karoola on 7 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Pay Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 29 October 1917

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).
Recommendation date: 10 January 1919

FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919

Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty as a stretcher bearer near ZONNEBEKE eat of YPRES on 18th October, 1917, especially under the following circumstances: Towards dusk on the evening of day mentioned when the enemy was heavily shelling the duckboard line of evacuation of wounded from St. Joseph's Institute to the Railway Dump, and demolishing a good portion and causing heavy casualties, Private DRAKE several times carried wounded men through this fire. By his personal courage and wonderful cheerfulness he inspired his fellow bearers to assist in this very dangerous work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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