James Patterson McCALL

Regimental number6401
Place of birthCatrine, Scotland
SchoolCatrine Public School
Age on arrival in Australia25
OccupationPostal clerk
Address25 Pentle Road, Caulfield, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary McCall, 25 Pentle Road, Caulfield, Victoria
Enlistment date17 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 23 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 25 May 1918

FateKilled in Action 4 October 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death from cemetery records33
Place of burialBellicourt British Cemetery (Plot VII, Row H, Grave No. 8), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Burwood Cemetery, Victoria. Age at death given on family headstone as 31. Parents: John and Mary McCALL, 209 Auburn Road, Auburn, Victoria. Native of Carrine, Scotland

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack on VILLE-SUR-ANCRE near ALBERT on 19th May, 1918. This N.C.O. was No. 1 on a Lewis Gun and during the whole of the operation displayed great coolness and personal bravery. His hip firing during the advance was very effective and inspired confidence in the sections on either side of him. On reaching the objective he pushed out to give covering fire to the garrison who were consolidating. When daylight broke it was found that his Gun was in a very exposed position, and it appeared as if he would have to withdraw, but he was able to maintain his position, and kept up a continuous fire on the enemy in the vicinity.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal