THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
POW James
23/8, Major, New Zealand Rifle Brigade

CITATION
Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted 1 January 1917, p29
For moste excellent work since the arrival of the Battalion in France last April, particularly so on 15 September 1916 when he showed great gallantry and devotion to duty.  During the attack on Flers, after the 1st Battalion, 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade were held up on their left, although wounded, he organised a small party of ten and took Flers Trench capturing over 100 prisoners.  This officer also did good work from 15th September  to 3rd October.  His example was a great incentive for his men and the value of his work cannot be overestimated.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 4 January 1917, p262
Mentioned in despatch from General Sir Douglas Haig, GCB, Commander-in-Chief of the British armies in France, dated 13 November 1916.

AWARDS
Distinguished Service Order
Queen’s South Africa Medal
       Transvaal, Orange Free State, Cape Colony, South Africa 1901
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
       Mention in Despatches
Coronation Medal 1937

NOTES
Born 6 January 1879, Gore, New Zealand
Died 17 February 1953, Wellington, New Zealand