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James Albert ANDERSON

Regimental number617
Date of birth17 January 1892
Address28 Kooyongkoot Road, Hawthorn, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Mr J Anderson, 28 Kooyongkoot Road, Hawthorn, Victoria
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 August 1914
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name5th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 4 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion


Unit: 5th Battalion
Promotion date: 9 September 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Consistent coolness and resource under heavy fire, sdetting fine example to his men, during period February to September 1917 as acting Company Commander and second-in-command.
Recommendation date: 20 September 1917

Military Cross

Work near Foucoucourt on 23 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 29 August 1918

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 4 November 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)see other

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at St. Martin's Wood on 23rd August 1918. He led twelve men forward in the face of heavy machine gun and shell fire 300 yards in front of our line, and succeeded in establishing a post. It was owing to his determined leading that this was accomplished.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSee 617 James Albert ANDERSON for more details

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