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James Harold O'LOUGHLIN

Regimental number2880
Place of birthYarraville Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address125 Highett Street, West Richmond, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs E O'Loughlin, 125 Highett Street, West Richmond, Victoria
Enlistment date4 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A16 Star of Victoria on 10 September 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Corps Routine Orders

'Valuable services, showing firm initiative and cool courage under fire.' (East of Ypres )
Recommendation date: "8 October 1917

Military Cross (No award)

'Valuable services, showing firm initiative and cool courage under fire.'
Recommendation date: 13 October 1917

Mention in Despatches

'Work near Chuignes on 23 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 8 March 1918

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 30 Augujst 1918"

Mention in Despatches

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

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near Chuignes, on 23rd August 1918, in an attack on St. Martin's Wood. While consolidating the wood, he led two machine guns forward to the left front, and, bringing fire to bear on the next ridge, enabled the infantry to advance across the valley and capture it. During the assault he pushed his guns forward, and engaged enemy machine guns, showing promptness and initiative throughout the fighting.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death26 September 1963
Age at death70
Place of burialEchuca Cemetery, Victoria

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