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Regimental number126
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLaw clerk
AddressVerner Street, Geelong East, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20.6
Height5' 10.75"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinFather, J Sullivan, Verner Street, Geelong East, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the 70th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date15 March 1915
Place of enlistmentGeelong, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll21st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 5 October 1918
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialBellicourt British Cemetery (Plot VI, Row S, Grave No. 7), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Winifred SULLIVAN, 226 Verner Street, Geelong East, Victoria. Native of Geelong, Victoria

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 103
Date: 29 June 1917

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry while commanding a company during an attack. He organised a party of nine men with two Lewis guns and rushed an enemy machine-gun nest, capturing two machine guns and ten prisoners. His marked courage and initiative enabled the flank units to advance.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and resource in an attack. When the advance was held up by machine-gun fire he organised two parties, and, leading one of them himself, overcame the enemy's resistance and inflicted heavy losses on them. He then established himself in a position of great tactical importance, and gained touch with the units on his flanks. His coolness and skill were of the greatest value at a critical time.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Cross & Bar, Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SULLIVAN James

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