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James Albert Witham

James Albert Witham

Male 1892 - 1959  (Age: 67)    Has 12 ancestors and 7 descendants in our family tree.


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  • Name James Albert Witham 
    Born 1892  Omeo, Victoria, AustraliaFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Military Service 22 Feb 1915  Omeo, Victoria, AustraliaFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Address :  
    Sturt Street Depot 
    • Serviceman 4208A, James signed up and was enlisted in 5th Depot Regiment, "Q" Company. At the beginning of 1916, he was transferred to 5th Division Ammunition Column to be appointed as Driver on 16 May 1916. He was transferred into the Theatre of War in France in August 1916. On 24 April 1918, James was wounded whilst transporting Ammunition. Major-General JT Hobbs (Commanding 5th Australian Division), made the following commendation:

      ..."At 3.15p.m. on 24th April 1918, Dvr WITHAM was lead driver of a team comprising a portion of a convoy carting ammunition to the 55th Bty., A.F.A. when passing along a sunken road nearing the BONNAY cross Rds, the convoy came under very heavy shell fire, killing two complete teams and wounding all the drivers.
      Dvr WITHAM, although himself wounded, immediately picked himself up and went to the assistance of the other drivers.
      Although the shell fire was particularly heavy and concentrated on this one point, this Dvr with utter disregard of personal danger, extricated from amongst the dying mules, one of the other drivers who was badly wounded, and still under heavy shell fire carried him 200 yds. to a sap where his wound could be dressed. His coolness under fire and his disregard of personal danger, although wounded, set a very high example of courage and devotion to duty."

      For his actions on that day, James was recommended for an immediate Honour, the Military Medal.

      This, and the rest of James' Military Record, can be found at the National Archives of Australia.
    Died 1959  Beaconsfield, Victoria, AustraliaFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 6 siblings 
    Documents
    WITHAM, Robert Percival (1894-1915)
    Report of the death of brother, Robert.
    Person ID I6492  Mitchell Families
    Last Modified 28 May 2008 

    Father John Witham (ID:I1949)
              b. 1858, Beechworth, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1923, Wonthaggi, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65) 
    Mother Mary Phoebe Ellen Richmond (ID:I6482)
              b. 1862, Ovens River, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1930, Wonthaggi, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68) 
    Married 1890  Victoria, AustraliaFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 7 children 
    Family ID F1708  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hilda Florence Hodgson (ID:I6493)
              b. 1893, Omeo, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1984, Dandenong, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91) 
    Married 1922  Victoria, AustraliaFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 4 children 
    Last Modified 26 May 2008 10:41:13 
    Family ID F1713  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1892 - Omeo, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
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    Sturt Street Depot - 22 Feb 1915 - Omeo, Victoria, Australia
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    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1922 - Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1959 - Beaconsfield, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
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