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William Edward JAMES

Date of birth12 April 1882
AddressHarcourt, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinWife, Mrs Edith Mary James, Harcourt, Victoria
Enlistment date1 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit name24th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollBrevet Major
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion

Lieutenant Colonel

Unit: 24th Battalion
Promotion date: 17 August 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Companion of the Distinguished Service Order

Refers 4-9 October 1917
Recommendation date: "Unspecified

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 30706 (28 May 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165 (24 October 1918).

Brevet Lieutenant Colonel

Recommendation date: 29 April 1918

Bar to Companion of the Distinguished Service Order

Recommendation date: 24 October 1918

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).
Recommendation date: 27 January 1919

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Distinguished Service Order

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 173
Date: 7 November 1918

DSO and Bar

'At Montbrehain, east of Peronne, on 5th October, 1918, he led his battalion in the ery successful attack, and subsequent retention of the village of Montbrehain. To a large extent the great success of this operation was dur to the skilful leadership displayed by him and to his gallant demeanour in the earlier stages of the attack.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 30
Date: 25 March 1920

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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