James Lionel FLETCHER DSO, MC & Bar, MID

FLETCHER, James Lionel

Service Number: Q120162
Enlisted: 14 February 1915
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 62nd Infantry Battalion AMF
Born: Warwick, Queensland, 4 December 1890
Home Town: Warwick, Southern Downs, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: soldier, teacher and farmer
Died: Campsie, New South Wales, 18 August 1977, aged 86 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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Peacetime

14 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1

World War 1 Service

29 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 25th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Brisbane
29 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 25th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1

World War 2 Service

16 Dec 1941: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, SN Q120162, 62nd Infantry Battalion AMF, Homeland Defence - Militia and non deployed forces

Peacetime

9 Jul 1944: Discharged AIF WW1

World War 1 Service

Date unknown: Involvement 25th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

Awarded Bar to Military Cross – 24 September 1918

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 his men, and rushed the enemy trench well ahead of them, killing six of the enemy with his revolver. He did very fine service.

Awarded Military Cross – 26 September 1916

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.

Awarded Distinguished Service Order – 11 July 1919

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 reorganised 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.

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Biography

James Lionel Fletcher (1890-1977), soldier, teacher and farmer, was born on 4 December 1890 at Warwick, Queensland...

After enlisting in the Australian Imperial Force on 14 February 1915, Fletcher was promoted sergeant and then commissioned as a second lieutenant on 29 March before being posted to the 25th Battalion....

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