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James DIGGLES

Regimental number3448
Place of birthChorley England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36
Next of kinFather, R Diggles, 42 Railway Road, Chorley, Lancashire, England
Enlistment date9 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 1 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 31 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 1 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty, throughout the recent operations East of YPRES from September 10th to October 25th 1917. He has been constantly engaged in carrying ammunition, material and valuable stores to his Battery under heavy shell fire, and on the 8th and 17th October, after being blown off his horse and the other drivers wounded, remained standing to his horses under the heavy fire and prevented them bolting until assistance arrived. He has rendered exceptionally good and reliable service under all conditions of weather and hostile fire throughout the whole period of the recent operations.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

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