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James Robert Gordon IRVINE

Regimental number3825
Place of birthFremantle Western Australia
AddressGoldsworthy Road, Claremont, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, J Irvine, Goldsworthy Road, Claremont, Western Australia
Enlistment date13 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll28 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on 17 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 5 May 1918

FateReturned to Australia 28 February 1919

Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty on night of 24th/25th April 1918 during the counter-attack on enemy positions near VILLERS-BRETONNEUX. This soldier laid and assisted in the maintenance of telephone lines from Battalion Headquarters to the front line over ground which was continuously under intense machine gun fire and which also was heavily shelled. On 25th April 1918 he displayed a fine courage in going out to repair telephone lines between Forward Brigade and Battalion Headquarters and also very frequently to the front line. The conditions under which the work was done called for a very high standard of courage, and he was a fine example to all in his vicinity.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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