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Regimental number215
ReligionChurch of England
AddressAberdare, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 8"
Next of kinWife, Mrs Florence Nora Germyn, Rawson Street, Aberdare, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date2 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 January 1916
Place of enlistmentCessnock, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name34th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/51/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 2 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll34th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 27 July 1917

FateReturned to Australia 24 December 1918

Military Medal

'On the night of 15th/16th July, 1917, after the attacks on Post 8, 9 and 10, these two stretcher bearers [GERMYN and 1842 C. HERBERT] went out in the face of an .......... enemy and carried in one dead and two wounded of our men. The casualties had been caused by enemy grenades, and they were therefore lying in very close proximity to the enemy's strongly held posts. When out of reach of enemy bombing these stretcher bearers came under enemy machine gun and rifle fire, but persisted in making three trips backwards and forwards between our own front line and the enemy posts. They were watched, and as far as possible protected by our men in our trenches, and their courageous action was a splendid example to all ranks. Again on the morning of 26th July, 1917, they carried a severely wounded man who was in urgent need of medical attention from our front line. The trenches been narrow and difficult in getting through with a stretcher causing delay, they got up out of the trench and in full view of the enemy carried their wounded comrade back to the aid post. Their courage was again a fine example and much commented upon by their comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 9
Date: 24 January 1918

Discharge date5 April 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Discharged (medically unfit), Sydney, 5 April 1919.

Was gassed while on active service and suffered from this on his return. Died in Cessnock Hospital, New South Wales.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death25 November 1922
Age at death28
Place of burialAberdare Cemetery, Cessnock, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, GERMYN James

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