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James Joseph WILLIAMS

Regimental number81
Place of birthGippsland Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressLongford, via Sale, Gippsland, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMrs E Williams, Longford, via Sale, Gippsland, Victoria
Enlistment date30 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name19th Battalion, C Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll19th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 March 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'On the 20th September 1917 near WESTHOEK, during the attack on the enemy, Private WILLIAMS showed conspicuous courage and gallantry in attending to the wounded. Although continuously exposed to an extremely heavy enemy barrage he was engaged for a considerable time digging out and rescuing buried men. His coolness and persistence undoubtedly saved man lives. In the absence of stretcher bearers he immediately volunteered for this work, setting a fine example to his companions. His splendid efforts under extremely trying circumstances were responsible for the prompt removal to safety of several wounded men from an area exposed to very severe enemy shelling.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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