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James Gordon Bede RILEY

Regimental number6767
Place of birthMerewether New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationGrocer
AddressMorgan Street, Murewether, Newcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs Alice Bowtell, Morgan Street, Murewether, Newcastle, New South Wales
Enlistment date27 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Infantry Brigade, 8th Field Ambulance Sections B and C
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Field Ambulance
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'Work at Harbonnieres on 9 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 21 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At HARBONNIERES, East of VILLERS-BRETONNEUX on 9th August 1918 this soldier did conspicuously good work as a stretcher-bearer. During the advance under heavy shell and machine gun fire on VAUVILLERS. He worked continuously for thirty hours under the most trying conditions, carrying wounded to a place of safety. His conduct and devotion to duty were a great example to the other stretcher bearers and are deserving of special recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Date of death7 April 1958
Place of burialNorthern Suburbs Crematorium

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