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Royal Engineer AWC James 141715 MM & Bar


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Would anyone have any information about this man? Particularly in regard to the reason & situation

where he won the medals, and the incident where he lost his hand.

Sergeant Algernon William Choat James

no 37, 2nd Fiji Contingent, Fiji Defence Force

enlisted 19 August 1915 in Stratford, Essex

R/15222 KRRC

Spr 141715 Royal Engineers 14 November 1915

seriously wounded April 1918, lost hand

repatriated 25 March 1919 per Corsican

returned to Fiji per Niagara

received disbursement from Fiji Day Fund

Military Medal for special work in France, and bar

LG 9 December 1916,19 January 1917

married Sarah Jane Ellen Emily Cuthbert

I cannot find any explanation in the London Gazette, and thought someone here might be able to help.

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Would anyone have any information about this man? Particularly in regard to the reason & situation

where he won the medals, and the incident where he lost his hand.

Sergeant Algernon William Choat James

no 37, 2nd Fiji Contingent, Fiji Defence Force

enlisted 19 August 1915 in Stratford, Essex

R/15222 KRRC

Spr 141715 Royal Engineers 14 November 1915

seriously wounded April 1918, lost hand

repatriated 25 March 1919 per Corsican

returned to Fiji per Niagara

received disbursement from Fiji Day Fund

Military Medal for special work in France, and bar

LG 9 December 1916,19 January 1917

married Sarah Jane Ellen Emily Cuthbert

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I now have some more information about the reason for the first MM. He and Bragg, another Fiji soldier in the Royal Engineers, were involved in some incident in the first week of July, where they inflicted a lot of damage at or behind "the Hun line". What could this have been?

Bragg was Harold Vivian Bragg of the 91st Field company,134220, later killed in 1918 and buried at Buzancy

Does anyone have records of the 91st Field company, Royal Engineers, and could check to see whether Algernon James was also in it

and what were the company doing in the first week of July, 1916?

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