James William CRUTHERS

Regimental number796
Place of birthSouth Melbourne Victoria
Address25 Essex Street, Fremantle, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, J M Cruthers, 25 Essex Street, Fremantle, Western Australia
Enlistment date31 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board Transport A7 Medic on 2 November 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollR796
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

For gallant leadership at Meteren on 23 April 1918.
Recommendation date: 1 May 1918

FateReturned to Australia 30 June 1918

Military Medal

'For gallant leadership at METEREN on 23rd April, 1918. Lance Corporal CRUTHERS was sent forward to reinforce the front line which was being counter attacked by enemy bombing parties. He led his section over ground swept by machine gun and rifle fire and repelled the attack, consolidated his position and drove off subsequent attacks by excellent bombing. Although continually bombarded by minenwerfer, he kept his men well in hand and set a splendid example to the men of his section. He was severely wounded in leg and arm.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 1
Date: 2 January 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-5 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal