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Regimental number1342
Place of birthHartlepool, Co Durham, England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressGoomalling, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 6.5"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinFather, J E Pratt, Railway Cottages, Buckworth, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 July 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919

Military Medal

'During the operations round BELLICOURT on the 29th September 1918 Lance Corporal PRATT was detailed to carry an urgent despatch to Battalion Headquarters. Notwithstanding a heavy barrage which had to be negotiated, he delivered his message in very quick time. he conveyed several other messages during the day under equally trying conditions, and in spite of the heavy fog and enemy shelling, he successfully delivered his messages to their correct destinations. His conduct throughout the day was of a very high order, and his work was of the utmost value.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Discharge date16 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked, 18 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Transferred to 5th Pioneer Bn, and taken on strength, Tel el Kebir, 3 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 June 1916.

On leave, 11 August 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 22 August 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 17 October 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 3 September 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 18 September 1918.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 4 February 1919; disembarked Weymouth, 15 February 1919, and marched in to 2nd Training Bn Convalescent Camp, Codford.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Wyreema', 13 April 1919; disembarked Fremantle, 22 May 1919; discharged (termination of period of engagement), Perth, 16 July 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death22 November 1931
SourcesNAA: B2455, PRATT James

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