James Maxwell (Jim) MITCHELL DCM

Badge Number: MS1256, Sub Branch: Yankalilla

MITCHELL, James Maxwell

Service Number: 523
Enlisted: 25 January 1916
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Delamere, South Australia, Australia, 17 July 1895
Home Town: Delamere, Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farm Labourer
Died: Accident, Fall from horse, Normanville, South Australia, Australia, 16 November 1940, aged 45 years
Cemetery: Angaston Cemetery
Memorials: Second Valley WWI War Memorial*
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25 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1

World War 1 Service

9 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 523, 43rd Infantry Battalion
9 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 523, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide
11 Nov 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 523, 43rd Infantry Battalion

World War 2 Service

Date unknown: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, Homeland Defence - Militia and non deployed forces

Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal

For great gallantry and devotion to duty. On 1 September, 1918, west of Haut Allaines, his company shortly after moving forward to the attack, encountered resistance from the enemy. Single handed he immediately rushed forward in face of heavy enemy rifle fire, and shot or bayoneted four of the enemy the remainder fleeing.

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Biography contributed by Kathleen Bambridge

General Birwood presented Sgt. JM Mitchell with his Distinguished Service Medal on the 6 March 1920.