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James Mervyn Stanley WASSON

Regimental number8994
Place of birthThirlmere New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSchool teacher
AddressSpringwood, Camden, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Joseph Wasson, Springwood, Camden, New South Wales
Enlistment date18 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameInfantry Brigade 4,Field Ambulance 5, Reinforcement 9
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/48/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Osterley on 15 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the morning of the 4th October, 1917, about 7 a.m. a heavy barrage fire was laid down in front of WESTHOEK RIDGE, causing numerous losses in killed and wounded. Without waiting for the fire to lift, WASSON volunteered and went forward, attending in the open to the urgent cases, and in one definite case saving life by the arrest of a haemorrhage, from a shattered log. His self sacrifice and devotion were a fine stimulus to the other men at the station. His conduct throughout has been marked by the utmost intrepidity.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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