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James Lionel FLETCHER

ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSchool teacher
Addressc/o G F Fletcher, Munyong Apiaries, Warwick, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, G F Fletcher, Allan near Warwick, Queensland
Enlistment date14 February 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name25th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 29 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 16 August 1916

Bar to Military Cross (altered from Companion of the Distinguished Service Order)


Recommendation date: 23 June 1918

Companion of the Distinguished Service Order


Recommendation date: 18 September 1918

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 1 August 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry in action. He laid telephone wires under heavy machine gun and shell fire and continued to maintain communications after the men with him had suffered severe casualties. On another occasion though wounded , he refused to retire, and rallied his men under heavy shell fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

Distinguished Service Order

'During an attack near Mont St. Quentin, on the 2nd September, 1918, an enemy strong point held up the advance. After a daring personal reconnaissance, during which he captured a machine gun post with three guns, he surrounded and took the strong point, which contained seventeen machine guns and two trench mortars. He then re-organized his company and led the attack on the objective. When the Acting Commanding Officer of the battalion was wounded, he took command of the whole front line, and his fine gallantry and untiring efforts set a wonderful example to all.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an attack on enemy trenches. Seeing his company held up on its right flank by heavy machine gun fire, he rallied the men, and rushed the enemy trench well ahead of them, killing six of the enemy with his revolver. He did very fine service.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 23 February 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross and Bar, Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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