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Regimental number696
Place of birthHillsfield, England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressHotel Fremantle, Fremantle, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 10.5"
Weight167 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs May Shorrock, Hotel Fremantle, Fremantle, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 March 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name28th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 29 June 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF28
Promotion date: 1 June 1918


Unit: INF28
Promotion date: 1 October 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 21 June 1919
Date of death26 November 1919
Age at death from cemetery records31
Place of burialKarrakatta Cemetery (Portion Church of England, Plot 1A, Grave No. 376), Western Australia
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Nancy SHORROCK. Native of Hellisfield, Yorkshire, England

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer led his platoon in the attack with the greatest dash. On one occasion, well ahead of his men, he jumped into a trench, and singled handed captured twenty men and two machine guns. A few days later, when the advance was held up by a strong point, he worked round to a flank and again single handed captured ten men and two machine guns. These most daring actions saved the situation and enabled the advance to continue.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Discharge date5 October 1919
Other details

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Konigin Luise', 21 June 1919; disembarked Perth, 10 August 1919; discharged (appointment terminated), Perth, 5 October 1919.

Medals: Distinguished Service Order, MSBV

Death attributed to war service.
SourcesNAA: B2455, SHORROCK James

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