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James Michael McDONALD

Regimental number2178
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressKew, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinUncle, John Kiernan, 86 Packington Street, Kew, Victoria
Enlistment date11 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A63 Karoola on 12 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

'Consistent good work marked by loyalty and devotion to duty'
Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30107 (1 June 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169 (4 October 1917).
Recommendation date: "7, 10 March 1917

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'Work from 25 February 1918 to 16 September 1918.'
Recommendation date: 27 September 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 21 March 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'From 25 February to 16 September 1918 as battalion pioneer sergeant, he has displayed great courage and devotion to duty. During operations with the battalion, he has been responsible for the delivery of ammunition to the front line, and his untiring efforts in this connexion have at times kept the outposts supplied at a critical time. On several occasions he organized carrying parties and voluntarily led them to the front line through heavy artillery barrages and when stretcher bearers were urgently required, acted in this capacity on return journeys.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

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

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