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James SNEDDEN

Regimental number1422
Place of birthNewcastle, New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationMiner
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 7.5"
Weight155 lbs
Next of kinFather, James Snedden, Vincent Street, South Cessnock, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date15 January 1916
Place of enlistmentWest Maitland, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name34th Battalion, Machine Gun Section
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 2 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll34th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 165 (24 October 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 8 January 1919
Discharge date17 April 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 2 May 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 23 June 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 21 November 1916.

Marched out to Lewis Gun School, 12 January 1917; rejoined 34th Bn, in the field, 20 January 1917.

Promoted Corporal, 17 April 1917.

Appointed Lance Sergeant, 17 April 1917.

Promoted Sergeant, 30 July 1917.

Promoted 2nd Lieutenant, 15 November 1917.

On leave to Paris, 24 December 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 31 December 1917.

On leave to England, 10 February 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 26 February 1918.

Promoted Lieutenant, 16 March 1918.

Mentioned in Despatches.

On leave to England, 2 September 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 19 September 1918.

Wounded in action, 29 September 1918 (gun shot wound, right leg and hands), and admitted to 55th Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to 2nd Stationary Hospital, Abbeville, 30 September 1918; to England, 2 October 1918, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, 3 October 1918 (wounds: severe).

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Orsova', 8 January 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 20 February 1919, for onward travel to Sydney; appointment terminated (discharged), 17 April 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SNEDDEN James

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