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James Patrick TAYLOR

Regimental number1429
Place of birthRushworth Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Address200 Church Street, Richmond, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinUncle, Edward Luttrell, 200 Church Street, Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date12 October 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 2 February 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1512
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 11 January 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations near GUEUDECOURT from 15th November, 1916, to 6th December, 1916, these N.C.O.s and men did most excellent work as members of the Divisional Pack Transport Troops. They are selected from the 256 N.C.O.s and Drivers as having set a fine example to the remainder by their coolness under fire, determination, and resource. They never failed in getting the mules up to Battalion Headquarters although they came constantly under shell fire, during which a number of mules were killed. Their work was done at night under the most difficult conditions, and they were instrumental in saving a number of valuable animals from drowning when bogged in shell holes in the portion of their journey beyond Brigade Headquarters, which was under constant shell fire. '
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 116
Date: 25 July 1917

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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