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Regimental number2074
Place of birthCobargo, New South Wales
SchoolNarooma Public School, New South Wales
OccupationTailer-out, sawmills
AddressLismore, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, C Southam, Quaama, South Coast, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date14 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Light Horse Regiment, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/10/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 31 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Artillery Brigade
FateKilled in Action 18 September 1918
Place of death or woundingVendhuille, France
Age at death31
Age at death from cemetery records31
Place of burialJeancourt Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot V, Row C, Grave No. 3), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Charles and Annie SOUTHAM, Kyogle, New South Wales

Military Medal

'These men [SOUTHAM and 31376 T.H. ROBERTS] displayed courage and initiative of the highest order in establishing and maintaining communications between their Battery and the F.O.O.'s during the operations of the 8th and 9th August 1918. In front of HAMEL - VILLERS BRETONNEUX. On several occasions they repaired the telephone lines under heavy fire, salving German wire for the purpose, and displaying a total disregard of personal safety in the performance of their duty. When telephonic communication became impossible, they acted as runners, passing through heavy machine gun and rifle fire at close range. The courage and devotion to duty of these men are deserving of special recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

SourcesWSW }Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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