James Patrick O'FARRELL

Regimental number6273
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address29 Champ Street, Coburg, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, Patrick O'Farrell, 29 Champ Street, Coburg, Victoria
Enlistment date24 October 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 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

'Work at Herleville on 17-18 August 1918'
Recommendation date: "28 August 1918

Bar to Military Medal

'Work near Mont St.Quentin on 3 September 1918.'
Recommendation date: 13 September 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 5 September 1919

Military Medal

'During the operations at HERLEVILLE, East of AMIENS on 17th/18th August, 1918, this man displayed great courage. Prior to and during the attack he did splendid work in line - repairing under heavy shell fire. During the attack on 18th August when the line between Forward Company Headquarters and Battle Headquarters was cut he crawled out in daylight over the open and mended the breaks thus restabilising communication. Whilst doing this he was continuously under sniping and Machine Gun fire. On return to Company Headquarters he volunteered for stretcher bearing duty and did splendid work in that capacity. This man rendered most valuable and gallant services which are deserving of recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal