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James PIANTO

Regimental number2762
Place of birthBendigo Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressKalgoorlie, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Next of kinMother, Mrs Jane Pianto, Eaglehawk PO, Eaglehawk, Victoria
Enlistment date16 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 2 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 5 May 1918

FateReturned to Australia 31 December 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'On night of 24th/25th April, 1918, during a counter-attack by their Battalion on strong enemy position South of VILLERS-BRETONNEUX these men [PIANTO, 3934 W.H. SAUNDERS, 3057 E. GILMORE, 4901 E.J. STOKES, 309A F.J. COX, 2989 D. SHANKS, 2913 G.L. McKENZIE, 3927 T.A. PORTER] who are Stretcher-bearers, continually under very heavy machine gun and shell fire, and at great personal risk, collected the wounded. Their untiring energy, bravery, and devotion to duty in clearing casualties were undoubtedly instrumental in saving many lives.'

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