James Silas ANDREWS MM

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ANDREWS, James Silas

Service Number: 5551
Enlisted: 18 November 1915, Adelaide South Australia Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Burra South Australia Australia, 6 May 1897
Home Town: Maylands, Norwood Payneham St Peters, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Storeman
Died: Illness, Keswick Military Hospital, Keswick Military Hospital, Keswick, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 8 February 2019, aged 121 years
Cemetery: AIF Cemetery, West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
Row 5 West, Grave 10, West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

8 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 5551, 27th Infantry Battalion
8 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5551, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
18 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide South Australia Australia
28 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 5551, 27th Infantry Battalion
28 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, SN 5551, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Anchises, Adelaide
28 Aug 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, HMAT Anchises A68
31 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5551, 27th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
25 Mar 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Lance Corporal
Date unknown: Involvement 27th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

Award of the Military Medal

During the whole of the operations south of Morlancourt near Albert on the night of 10/11 June 1918 this man especially distinguished himself by running very often from the Battalion Observation Post to the Battalion Headquarters very often under extremely heavy shell fire to deliver the reports from the Observers. He showed an utter disregard for perosnal safety. Sigd C Rosenthal Major General Commander 2nd Division.

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Biography

Son of Silas ANDREWS and Mary nee TOLLY

Surname: ANDREWS; Given Names: James Silas ; Date of Birth: 6 May 1897; Date of Enlistment: 18 November 1915; Trade or Calling: Storeman; Birth Location: Burra; Address prior to enlistment: 10 Wellington Road, Maylands; Photograph sent by: S Andrews
Source: State Records SA

Prior service 79th Battalion B Company

Enlisted 15th Reinforcements 27th Battalion

Wounded 28 March1917 - Gunshot Wound arm and thigh

Promoted Lance Corporal

Awarded the Military Medal June 1918 - During the whole of the operations south of Morlancourt near Albert on the night of 10/11 June 1918 this man especially distinguished himself by running very often from the Battalion Observation Post to the Battalion Headquarters very often under extremely heavy shell fire to deliver the reports from the Observers.  He showed an utter disregard for perosnal safety.  Sigd C Rosenthal Major General Commander 2nd Division. 

Demoted to Private after a Charge of AWL.  Had a record of breaking camp on numerous occasions. 

A sport related injury of sprained ankle was reported late in 1918.  This appears to have persisted for some considerable time.  No other disability was noted.

PTE Andrews had an extended condition involving a 'sprained ankle' which appears to have developed into rheumatoid arthritis but how this led to his premature death is not clear from his records.  He is listed on the Honour Roll so his death is classified as service related .

 

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