HOPKINS James

Date of Enlistment 25/02/1915
Birthplace Curimbah, New South Wales
Next of kin Mother, Mrs J Hopkins, 606 Beaufort Street, Perth, Western Australia
Occupation Shell opener, pearling clerk, bushman
Age on Enlistment 27
Rank Private
Unit 28th Battalion, A Company
Fate RTA
Date of Fate Event 22/12/1918
Returned to Broome post WWI  
Other Information Gave Broome as home address on attestation paper
Appears on RSL Honour Roll
Mentioned in Despatches:
‘As a scout, scout Sergeant and latterly as a scout Officer he has done most valuable work and shown an absolute disregard of personal safety.’
Awarded, and promulgated, ‘London Gazette’, second Supplement, No. 30107 (1 June 1917); ‘Commonwealth Gazette’ No. 169 (4 October 1917).
Recommendation date: 3 March 1917
Awarded Militay Medal
Letter from A Davies: Jim Hopkins and I are the battalion scouts; it’s a queer job – we crawl about ‘ no-man’s-land ‘ at night, and see that Fritz doesn’t spring any surprises on our front. In some parts here the German trenches are only 50 yards away, and often messages are thrown over in dummy bombs, such as their ‘ North Sea victory’. North West Echo, 22nd August 1916

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