James McGurgan SOUTER


SOUTER, James McGurgan

Service Number: 3221
Enlisted: 11 October 1916, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Kingower, Victoria, Australia, 1886
Home Town: Leederville, Vincent, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Horse trainer
Died: Killed in Action, Dernancourt, France, 6 April 1918
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Belmont War Memorial, Inglewood War Memorial, West Leederville War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

11 Oct 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3221, Perth, Western Australia
23 Dec 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3221, 48th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Berrima, Fremantle
23 Dec 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3221, 48th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
6 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3221, 48th Infantry Battalion, Dernancourt/Ancre

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Clarke

James was the son of Henry John SOUTER and beloved brother of Elsie Elisabeth Ford (nee Souter), my maternal grandmother. Elsie is also the mother of WX55 Frederick James Ford (/explore/people/800284) who survived actions in Greece, Crete, North Africa and New Guinea.

Reported severely wounded but conscious (knee cap shot away) and being carried along Albert Ridge (North of Amiens) by L/Cpl. W.H. Thomas (5859) at 2pm on 6th April 2018 under heavy machine gun fire, but then caught badly by fire and was dropped.

reported by Pte. A.C Figou (3690) at London General Hospital 24/05/1918.

After defeating a determined enemy attack and after taking command as all Officers and NCOs were casualties, L/Cpl. W.H Thomas was last to leave the post under  Enemy Fire  carrying Pte. Souter, He was awarded the DCM for the Action.

Souter was initially reported wounded and missing, but was later reported K.I.A from Germany.