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James Allan DEAN

Regimental number629
Place of birthWest Maitland New South Wales
AddressInnisfail, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs Emily Bird, Punch Bowl Creek, Columboola, Queensland
Enlistment date3 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name41st Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/58/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 18 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Displayed great gallantry during attack on Messines Ridge.
Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

FateDied of wounds 9 July 1917
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialTrois-Arbres Cemetery (Plot I, Row U, Grave No. 27), Steenwerck, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John W DEAN and Emily BIRD (formerly DEAN), Chinchilla, Queensland. Native of West Maitland, New South Wales

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in again and again leading ration parties through hostile barrage to the front line. On encountering an exceptionally heavy barrage, he worked his party through gaps in it with admirable promptness and determination, finally leading them back without casualties. His good leadership and presence of mind kept up a constant supply of rations to the men fighting in the front, and saved many casualties in his party.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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