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James Coombe BIRT

Regimental number4364
Place of birthWentworth New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressTambellup, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Next of kinMother, Mrs Ellen Birt, Tambellup, Western Australia
Enlistment date14 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 31 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Work near Villers Bretonneux on 8 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 15 August 1918

FateKilled in Action 3 October 1918
Date of death3 October 1918
Age at death from cemetery records38
Place of burialProspect Hill Cemetery (Plot II, Row B, Grave No. 12), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George Howard and Ellen BIRT, Tambellup, Western Australia. Native of Wentworth, New South Wales

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry during an attack. He led his men splendidly to their objective, himself rushing an enemy strong point and capturing 20 of the enemy and two machine guns. On the objective he quickly consolidated his position, and sent back useful information. Later he led a party against an enemy strong point, and captured 40 prisoners and four machine guns. He did magnificent work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Family/military connectionsCousins: 4131 Pte Harry Williams BIRT, 48th Bn, killed in action, Pozi?res, France, 6 August 1916; 2613 Pte Oscar Augusta COOMBE, 51st Bn, killed in action, 3 September 1916.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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