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James GOURLEY

Regimental number6126
Place of birthBelfast, Ireland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationShipwright
AddressClaremont, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinMother, Mrs Matilda Gourley, Riverside Road, East Frematle, Western Australia
Enlistment date8 December 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 7 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations near NAUROY on the 29th September 1918 Private GOURLEY showed great courage, initiative and devotion to duty. He was in charge of one of two Lewis Gun teams which were sent forward to protect the flank of the Battalion where a gap had occurred. The enemy at the time were attacking at that place and prompt action had to be taken. Private GOURLEY never wavered but led his team into position and at once opened fire on the advancing enemy. The manoeuvre was brilliantly executed and although subjected to very heavy Machine Gun fire he continued to hold on to his position and to fire until the attack was repelled. His coolness and bravery throughout the operation and his fine example greatly encouraged his comrades and he is entitled to high commendation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death14 April 1959
SourcesNAA: B2455, GOURLEY James

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