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James William REID

Regimental number7898
Place of birthFitzroy Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressFitzroy, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, J Reid, 15 Mahoney Street, Fitzroy, Victoria
Enlistment date5 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameNo 1 Australian General Hospital
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board A62 Wandilla on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 12 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations of 8th, 9th and 10th August 1918 the conduct and bearing of this N.C.O. were an example and inspiration to the rest of the A.M.C. personnel and to all with whom he came in contact. On 8th instant two of the party were killed by shell fire. When it was discovered that they were missing this N.C.O. and another man at their own request returned to find out what had happened to them. To do this, in addition to the risk from shell fire, they had to recross a zone exposed to machine gun fire from a flank. On 9th instant although wounded and badly shaken by a shell which burst only a few feet away from him, he continued with his work. He went forward under heavy machine gun fire and selected a spot for a R.A.P. and succeeded in getting in touch with the various companies. Throughout the whole of the operations his first considerations were the care and welfare of the wounded and of those working under him. Personal safety and comfort were apparently of no moment. His work deserves special mention.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

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