James Thomas HUMPHREYS

Regimental number7499
ReligionChurch of England
AddressCarlton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs A J E Humphreys, 10 Spensley Street, Clifton Hill, Victoria
Enlistment date15 February 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name8th Battalion, 25th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/6
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 21 November 1917
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 3 July 1918

FateReturned to Australia 5 January 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Second entry both matched
Miscellaneous information from
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Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty and perseverance in leading his men in a raid, when he killed the first three of the garrison himself and captured a machine gun, which he carried along until his leg was shattered by a shell. He then encouraged his men to further efforts, and after the raid was over, started to crawl back with the captured gun. When he had completed half the distance he was picked up by his officer.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Date of death3 November 1967