James Walker WILSON

Regimental number3153
Place of birthLondonderry, Ireland
Other NamesJames Wallace
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height6' 1"
Weight151 lbs
Next of kinFather, T.S. Wilson, Trinaltinagh, Garvagh, Co Derry, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date18 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 8 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry near Peronne on 1st September, 1918. This non-commissioned officer, in the face of great difficulties, took up a position with his guns, and, although under intense machine-gun and artillery fire, remained in position until the attack was completed, and thus greatly assisted in the operation.'
Source: 'London Gazette', Second Supplement, No 31726
Date: 10 January 1920

Discharge date18 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Joined 2nd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 5 February 1916.

Transferred to 54th Bn, 14 February 1916; joined 54th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Trnsferred to Brigade Machine Gun Corps, and taken on strength, 14th Machine Gun Company, 10 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 2 August 1916 (gun shot wound, back: slight); transferred to England, 6 August 1916, and admitted to 3rd Northern General Hospital, Oxford, 7 August 1916.

Marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 4 October 1916; granted furlough, 5 October 1916; taken on strength, Australian Details, No 3 Camp, 21 October 1916; marched out to Australian Machine Gun Training Depot, Grantham, 14 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 3 December 1916.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 15 May 1917 (gun shot wound, face), and admitted to 29th Casualty Clearing Station, and thence to Ambulance Train, and admitted to 2nd Stationary Hospital, Abbeville; transferred to 3rd Australian General Hospital, 18 May 1917; to Australian General Base Depot, Camiers, 21 May 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 1 June 1917.

On leave, 11 September 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 5 October 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 24 June 1917; promoted Corporal, 29 September 1917; Temporary Sergeant, 29 September 1917; reverted to permanent rank of Corporal, 18 October 1917; promoted Sergeant, 27 October 1917.

Detached to Machine Gun School, Camiers, 6 November 1917; rejoined unit, 9 December 1917.

Is congratulated for coolness & bravery during an enemy attack at Villers-Bretonneux on the morning of April 24/18.

On leave to United Kingdom, 15 October 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 1 November 1918.

Marched out to England from Australian General Base Depot, 31 January 1919; marched into No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 1 February 1919.

Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal, 7 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Trasos Montes', 8 April 1919; arrived Melbourne, 22 May 1919; discharged, 18 July 1919.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WILSON James Walker