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Joseph James COLLINGWOOD

Regimental number147
Date of birth21 August 1882
Place of birthLondon England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMine manager
Addressc/o Mrs Pound, Malins Lee, Chiswick Road, Auburn, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinAnna Collingwood, Clarendon Square, London, England
Enlistment date21 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: INF2 INF2
Promotion date: 7 August 1915

Lieutenant


Unit: INF2
Promotion date: 28 January 1916

Captain


Promotion date: 24 April 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 7 August 1915

Mention in Despatches


'Consistent good service.'
Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).

Military Cross


'Work near Hesbecourt from 18-21 September 1918.'
Recommendation date: 2 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 28 August 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'Collingwood showed much bravery and coolness when the enemy counter-attacked at Lone Pine during the afternoon and night of 7th August, and although exhausted from throwing bombs, stuck to his post which was being heavily bombed by the enemy, his coolness and bravery helped to keep the moral of our troops.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Military Cross

'In the operations east of Hesbecourt, on 18th-21st Deptember 1918, he commanded the left attacking company. When his left platoon was held by machine gun fire, he skilfully worked his headquarters staff round the flank of the enemy positon, capturing the garrison of fifty men and three heavy machine guns. In reaching the objective, he personally re-organized what was left of his company and established and consolidated his position on the brown line. He showed fine courage and leadership throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 20 November 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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