Orders, Decorations & Medals - Aust Groups


Lot 5169    SESSION 18 (2.30PM FRIDAY 20TH APRIL)    Orders, Decorations & Medals - Aust Groups

Estimate $4,000
SOLD $3,600

PAIR: Military Medal (GVR type 1), with Bar; 1914-15 Star. 34 Pte J.Anderson. 14/F.A.Aust:A.M.C. on first medal, 34 Dvr. J.Anderson. 2/F.Amb. A.I.F. on second medal. Both medals impressed. MM with many contact marks on reverse, otherwise very fine.

Together with Certificate of Discharge; postcard from Official War Photographs Series 1 No.5 Helping An Ambulance Through The Mud, in colour and unused.

MM: LG 21/10/1918, p12420; CAG 12/2/1919, p271.

Recommendation: On the nights 18th/19th and 19th/20th June 1918 Private Anderson acted as driver to the Ford Motor Ambulance running between the Regimental Aid Post, South East of Treux, and the Motor Loading Post, West of Buire. During these he repeatedly drove his car through barrage fire and successfully evacuated casualties. He showed indifference to danger, and splendid determination. The work of carefully driving a car in the dark, loaded with wounded, over a road pitted with shell holes, and in the villages of Treux and Buire, covered with debris demanded the greatest coolness and courage. His example set a fine standard for the other drivers of motor ambulances in the forward area and has had an excellent effect.

Bar to MM: LG 11/12/1918, p14652; CAG 14/3/1919, p426 (immediate award).

Recommendation: For very great bravery on the night of 28/29 July 1918 South East of Mericourt on the Bray-Corbie Road when acting as driver of a Ford Motor Ambulance. Great difficulty was being experienced in getting the wounded away from the Regimental Aid Post at J23 d8.9 across country over broken muddy ground. Pte Anderson having heard of this drove his car along the Bray-Corbie Road in full day light and under considerable shell fire to a point in advance of the Aid Post and turned down a bye track and so reached the Aid Post. He returned along the same road many times and so effected the rapid evacuation of a large number of wounded. His action in proceeding so far forward without having been ordered to do so along a road under full observation of the enemy and in full day light not only showed great personal bravery and devotion to duty but also was a great use in successfully evacuating the wounded from the most difficult point in the section.

James Anderson, motor mail driver, age 20, born at Drysdale near Geelong, Vic; Enl. 19Aug1914 at Melbourne, Vic with 2 years in Senior Cadets and 6 months in Militia; Emb.21Oct1914; served at Gallipoli from 25Apr1915; Appt'd Driver 2FAmb 09Aug1915; TOS 14FAmb 25Feb1916; during his service he incurred several charges for AWL and bad conduct including the use of threatening language to an NCO and insulting language to an Officer; RTA 2Oct1918 for Special Leave 1914 (Anzac Leave); Disch.23Feb1919; Died 04Jun1972.

With research including copy of Service File.

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