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James Albert WILSON

Regimental number1777
Place of birthPortarlington Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFisherman
AddressPortarlington, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinBrother, William Wilson, Portarlington, Victoria
Enlistment date7 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name58th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/75/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 4 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 19 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during attack by 58th Battalion on PERONNE on 2nd September 1918. Early in the attack owing to casualties in officers this N.C.O. was placed in command of a platoon. He led his platoon with great skill and determination, capturing three posts, including one Machine Gun. Owing to direction of attack this N.C.O. had to form a defensive flank. As the attack was progressing he showed splendid judgement in the placing of posts and the effective his posts brought to bear on the enemy resulted greatly in keeping down hostile fire on the company's left flank. His splendid leadership and coolness under fire greatly inspired his men, and was a magnificent example to all.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Medaille Militaire (France)

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations 'East of HARBONNIERES on 9th August 1918. During the attack he led his party with great skill, and under heavy machine gun fire captured enemy's post, 1 machine gun and entire crew. He then entered 3 dug-outs with total disregard of danger and captured 15 of the enemy. Later in the attack he, with his party, rushed another post and captured 5 of the enemy. His splendid leadership and great courage were magnificent and the example he set inspired his men with confidence.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, Medaille Militaire, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death6 May 1966
Place of burialAltona Cemetery

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