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James Ernest WELLARD

Regimental number1372
Place of birthMaitland New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSchool teacher
Addressc/o Lewis Wellard, Gloucester, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Lewis Wellard, c/o Lewis Wellard, Gloucester, New South Wales
Enlistment date4 November 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll3 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack on the 5th April 1918 against our positions opposite DERNANCOURT and ALBERT. This N.C.O. displayed exceptional courage and ability and succeeded in maintaining communications of the Battery throughout the operation. His Corporal and two Signallers were killed at the beginning of the Battle; he then took charge. On several occasions under very heavy fire he went out and repaired lines and it was greatly due to Bombardier WELLARD that communications were maintained to Brigade Headquarters during the most critical periods of the attack.'

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