James Percival MARSHALL

Regimental number1690
Place of birthGundagai New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressGundagai, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinMother, Mrs Eliza Marshall, Gundagai, New South Wales
Previous military service44th Infantry
Enlistment date7 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name55th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/72/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 14 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 2 June 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For marked gallantry and determination during the attack on the Hindenburg Line, north of Bellicourt, on 30 September, 1918. When the attacking troops reached the captured trench, he and another man found themselves alone, through casualties, in 250 yards of trench. He and his comrade immediately started to successfully mop up the enemy in spite of superior numbers, killing and wounding a number and driving the remainder out of the trench. Throughout the operations and subsequent enemy counter attack he showed great dash and initiative.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 20
Date: 19 February 1920

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations at PERONNE on 1st and 2nd September 1918. This man, a stretcher-bearer, worked unceasingly, tending the wounded and carrying them in under exceptionally heavy artillery and Machine Gun fire. His utter disregard of danger, his coolness under fire, and the zealous way in which he carried out his duties, undoubtedly saved many lives. Nothing was too much trouble to him when the comfort of the wounded was concerned. His courage and coolness were most marked throughout the operations and served as a splendid example to others.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal