James Eugene WAKE

Regimental number5224
Place of birthBendigo Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressShun Street, California Gully, Bendigo, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs F Wake, Shun Street, California Gully, Bendigo, Victoria
Enlistment date29 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 1 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll57th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 10 June 1919
Miscellaneous information from
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Commemorated on James Roe Lodge (MU) Roll of Honor ['Our Soldier Brethren'], RSL Museum, Bendigo, Victoria.

Military Medal

'During the operations near BELLICOURT September 29th - October 1st Private WAKE, Company Runner, displayed great devotion to duty. He carried messages through heavy fire in spite of the fact that he had been severely burnt by explosion of a gas shell and was suffering also from a septic knee. He refused however to leave his duties, and carried on till the battalion was relieved, when he had to be evacuated. His devotion to duty deserves recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death30 May 1971
Age at death73
Place of burialDaylesford Cemetery, Victoria