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Charles George JAMES

Regimental number3181
Place of birthSouthport Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressRundall, Southport, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Charles James, Rundall, Southport, Queensland
Enlistment date10 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name52nd Battalion 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/69/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 23 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll52nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 August 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'On the night 16th/17th October, 1917, whilst acting as guide to a Platoon taking over an advanced posts on the BROODSEINDE RIDGE, he received a severe wound in the eye with apiece of shell. Although suffering great pain he refused to have his wound dressed until he had taken the platoon out - a distance of 400 yards, and afterwards guided the troops who had been relieved back to Company Headquarters; his courage and coolness under heavy fire was a fine example to the Platoon.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Family/military connectionsStep-brother: 5490 Pte Bertie James TAYLOR, 12th Bn, killed in action, 8 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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