James (Digger) O'LOUGHLIN DCM

O'LOUGHLIN, James

Service Number: 6553
Enlisted: 19 June 1916, Enlisted into 21st Reinforcements 11th Battalion
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 11th Infantry Battalion AMF
Born: Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia, 6 November 1896
Home Town: Kalgoorlie, Kalgoorlie/Boulder, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Engine driver
Died: Heart attack, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, 25 May 1971, aged 74 years
Cemetery: Kalgoorlie Cemetery, W.A.
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World War 1 Service

19 Jun 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Enlisted into 21st Reinforcements 11th Battalion
10 Oct 1916: Embarked Private, SN 6553, 11th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Suffolk, Fremantle
10 Oct 1916: Involvement Private, SN 6553, 11th Infantry Battalion
17 Nov 1916: Transferred 11th Infantry Battalion AMF, Sick to Fargo Military Hospital P.U.O from 3rd Training Battalion
17 Dec 1916: Transferred Private, 11th Infantry Battalion AMF, Marched into 3rd Training Battalion
5 Jan 1917: Transferred Private, 11th Infantry Battalion AMF, Discharged from Fargo Military Hospital
2 Apr 1917: Embarked 11th Infantry Battalion AMF, Proc overseas from Folkstone
9 Jun 1918: Honoured Distinguished Conduct Medal, In the operations against the enemy position at MONT DE MERRIS near Strazeele on the night of ⅔ June, 1918, Private O'Loughlin did particularly gallant work in putting out of action an enemy machine gun . On the first objective being reached this gun opened fire on our troops who were digging in. Regardless of the danger this man, on his own initiative, ran forward and bayoneted the enemy gunner and captured the gun. By his prompt and brave action he undoubtedly saved many lives in his company.
10 Aug 1918: Wounded
31 Aug 1918: Transferred Private, 11th Infantry Battalion AMF, Admitted to 47th General Hospital with wound to left thigh
19 Apr 1919: Transferred Private, 11th Infantry Battalion AMF, Returned to Western Australia on HMAT Marathon
12 Mar 1920: Discharged AIF WW1, SN 6553, 11th Infantry Battalion AMF, Discharged 5 MD
2 Feb 2019: Transferred 11th Infantry Battalion AMF, Discharge form hospital forFun and Rep No 2 GSW

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