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Albert JAMES

Regimental number5609
Place of birthLatrobe Tasmania
AddressHomehill, Bowen Hill, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinMother, Mrs Florence James, Moriarty Road via Latrobe, Tasmania
Enlistment date13 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 7 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Work at Polygon Wood on 20 September 1917.
Recommendation date: "Unspecified

Mention in Despatches

Work at Broodseinde Ridge on 4 October 1917.
Recommendation date: Unspecified

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Work near Villers Bretonneux on 8 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 16 August 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 20 December 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This man crawled forward by himself, and, throwing a bomb into a machine gun post, rushed it. His bomb killed one of the gunners, and he shot two others and bayoneted one. He then assisted in rounding up twenty five prisoners and another gun. Later, he captured another gun by bombing down a trench, when the crew jumped out and surrendered. He set a fine aggressive example, which had a great effect on the men with him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Date of death12 September 1949
Place of burialDevonport Public Cemetery

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