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James INNES

Regimental number1689
Place of birthLinlithgow Scotland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationMiner
AddressPerrets Hill, Bundamba, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, James Innes, 66 Erkside, Musselburg, Midlothian, Scotland
Enlistment date5 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
From Embarkation Records it is not possible to distinguish exactly which ship an individual in the Headquarters embarked. Two ships left Melbourne carrying men from the 31st Battalion: HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915 and HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
From Embarkation Records it is not possible to distinguish exactly which ship an individual in the Headquarters embarked. Two ships left Melbourne carrying men from the 31st Battalion: HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915 and HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Refers 1-2 September 1918.
Recommendation date: "Unspecified

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 6 September 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On 1st October during the attack on ESTREES this N.C.O. displayed remarkable bravery, coolness, initiative and devotion to duty. As Commander and No. 1 of his Lewis gun Section he was an inspiring example to the men and handled his gun and team with such tact and cleverness that he succeeded in outflanking a very strong enemy post, and captured a number of prisoners. Throughout the operation he was untiring in his efforts and his splendid work cannot be too highly praised.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Date of death10 July 1948
Place of burialIpswich Cemetery

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