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James Andrew CONNELLY

Regimental number5333
Place of birthHeathcote New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationSleep-hewer
Address'Retreat', Preston, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs Ellen Connelly, Heathcote, Victoria
Enlistment date11 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 7 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 18 January 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations East of VILLERS BRETONNEUX, near AMIENS, on the morning of 8th August 1918, in a very heavy mist this N.C.O. worked with great zeal collecting men and assisting them to maintain direction during the advance. He rushed a German field gun which was still firing, and succeeded in capturing the gun and its crew. Later, he was mainly responsible for the capture of a strongly manned enemy strong point. His dash and determination were most conspicuous. On the morning of the 11th August 1918, during the operations East of FRAMERVILLE, near AMIENS, he again set a fine example of courage and inspired confidence in all about him. Regardless of very heavy enemy machine gun fire and artillery barrage, he moved about in the open and ensured that connection was maintained with the unit on his left flank.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'During operations east of Mont St. Quentin, on 2 September, 1918, he showed great initiative in organizing an enveloping movement, dealing with a hostile post. At the head of his party, he rushed the post, killing two of the enemy himself, and capturing the gun and crew of one officer and ten other ranks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 35
Date: 15 April 1920

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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