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James Joseph FOX

Regimental number3287
Place of birthCroydon New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address121 Kippax Street, Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, J.P. Fox, 121 Kippax Street, Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date14 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 2 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 4 January 1919

Military Medal

'While in charge of the Battalion Limbers bringing up rations and supplies during the operations near MORLANCOURT, South West of ALBERT on 29th July 1918, the enemy put down a very heavy barrage which lasted from 10.15 p.m. to 5 a.m. next morning. Corporal FOX showed great initiative and personal bravery in guiding his limbers through the barrage and delivering his load safely at its destination. While returning one of his limbers was hit by a shell and the wounded and maddened mules ran away. Corporal FOX at once put his remaining limber in a place of safety and galloped after the mules, finally securing them and bringing them back to the limber, which he repaired under very heavy shell fire, and was ultimately successful in getting back to the Transport Lines notwithstanding the heavy barrage.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death2 October 1941
Place of burialRookwood Necropolis

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