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James Florence ORMISTON

Regimental number5945
Place of birthWeaksford, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation hand
AddressCondamine, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 9"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinFather, George Orminston, 'Killigriffe', Bailie Borough, County Cavan, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 February 1916
Place of enlistmentToowoomba, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A36 Boonah on 21 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work near Villers Bretonneux on 8 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 18 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 9 January 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Jane ORMISTON

Military Medal

'During the operations East of VILLERS BRETONNEUX, near AMIENS, on 8th August, 1918, Private ORMISTON acted as Infantry Observer with the 2nd Tank Battalion. Two gunners in the tank became casualties and Private ORMISTON manned one of the 6 pounders and fought with the tank throughout the advance to the Blue Line. He was mainly instrumental in the capture of 40 Germans. On the 9th August he again volunteered to serve as a gunner and proceeded with the tank, and with the crew came under heavy shell fire from guns firing over open sights, and also under heavy machine gun fire. Private ORMISTON who was firing a 6-pounder succeeded in knocking out a machine gun and killing the crew. His coolness and courage have been recommended by the Commander of the Tank Battalion.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Discharge date9 May 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Brisbane, 21 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 10 January 1917.

Found guilty, 24 January 1917, of being absent without leave from midnight, 22 January 1917, until 1500 hours, 23 January 1917: awarded 1 day confined to barracks, and forfeits 2 days' pay.

Admitted Fargo Hospital, Rollestone, 5 February 1917 (influenza); to Sutton Veny Hospital, Wilts, 15 February 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 April 1917; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 26 April 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 30 April 1917; taken on strength of 26th Bn, 2 May 1917.

On leave to England, 2 February 1918; rejoined unit, 18 February 1918.

Wounded in action, 3 October 1918; admitted to No 7 Australian Field Ambulance, 3 October 1918 (shrapnel wound, head); transferred to No 12 Casualty Clearing Station, 3 October 1918; to No 9 General Hospital, 4 October 1918; to England, 6 October 1918; to No 4 Southern General Hospital, Plymouth, 7 October 1918; to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 6 December 1918; discharged to furlough, 9 December 1918, and to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 23 December 1918.

Posted absent without leave, 27 December 1918; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 15 January 1919, and absence excused.

Found guilty, 23 January 1919, of absenting himself from parade: awarded 2 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeits 2 days pay.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ascanius', 9 February 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 26 March 1919, and then proceeded by sea to Brisbane; discharged Brisbane (medically unfit), 9 May 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death29 December 1927
Age at death40
Place of burialRockhampton Cemetery, Queensland
SourcesNAA: B2455, ORMISTON James Florence

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